Gluten restricted diet help in reducing nerve pain in 20 million people, study claims

A diet that contains lower gluten content helps in reducing nerve pain and other nerve-related problems. The study has proved to be effective in 20 million people in the United States. Gluten is the combination of glutelins and prolamins protein contained in various cereals such as barley, wheat, oats, rye and hybrid products such as einkorn, emmer, spelled and Kamut.

Restricting the consumption of these diets can keep you away from gluten neuropathy disease. The disease results in weakness, pain, and numbness of nerves. Symptoms of this disorder include bloating and gas, abdominal pain, and nerve pain condition.

It can even result in the condition called as peripheral neuropathy that damages the nerves of outside brain and spinal cord. The study published in JAMA neurology says around 32 percent of people having a heavy intake of gluten acquired peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes is the main cause of gluten neuropathy.

Individuals involved in the study were asked to about the intensity of pain if they incurred any neuropathy symptoms or any kind of mental problems and if they followed the strict gluten-free diet. Researchers concluded that people consuming gluten-free diet have fewer chances to have nerve pain as compared to those who consume gluten-rich diet on regular basis.

About 56 percent who consumed gluten-free diet experienced no pain in their nerves as compared to 21 percent who experienced heavy pain after consuming gluten-rich diet. Alongside, the gluten neuropathy may have an adverse effect on mental health and promote cognitive problems.

According to the study conducted in 2010, 15 neuropathy patients who consumed a gluten-free diet, 11 among them were able to recover from neuropathy condition. “Further research needs to be conducted to confirm the results if diet free from gluten can lower the nerve pain”, says Dr. Panagiotis Zis, from the University of Sheffield.

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