Section 6 of Part 2: Are There Studies Suggesting An Association Between Gluten And Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)?
Two case studies suggest that a gluten intolerance could cause symptoms similar to ALS symptoms. One study, identified a 44 year old male who was misdiagnosed with ALS. Further investigation 6 months later revealed that he really had CD. He was put on a gluten-free diet and 9 months later his symptoms had improved .
In another study, a young man had progressive neurological symptoms. The doctor ordered diagnostic imaging of his brain and the results showed white matter lesions that were suggestive of ALS. However, part of the diagnostic blood work-up revealed endomysium antibodies and duodenal biopsies confirmed the presence of celiac disease. A strict gluten-free diet was initiated .
It would be interesting to have research looking at a possible association between gluten intolerance and ALS. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a connection. If celiac disease isn’t the culprit, non-celiac gluten intolerance might be the underlying cause. If there is a connection (proven by future research), a therapeutic diet would be an attractive alternative to the use of medications (with possible side effects) and other possibly invasive procedures.
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The rest of this series will follow in the next 2-3 months. Scroll down the right side of my blog until you find ALS. All of the ALS posts will be found in this category.
5 Part Series
Part 1 Of 5 Part Series : Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Or Lou Gehrig’s Disease?
Part 2 Of 5 Part ALS Series: How Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Or Lou Gehrig’s Disease? (see 8 sections of Part 2 below)
Section 1 of Part 2: How Could Antibody Reactions Against Transglutaminases Contribute To ALS
Section 2 of Part 2: Could IgA and IgG Mediated reactions To Foods Contribute To ALS Symptoms
Section 3 of Part 2: Could Glutamic Acid And Aspartic Acid Contribute To ALS Symptoms
Section 4 of Part 2: Abnormal Neurological Findings With A Gluten Intolerance
Section 5 of Part 2: Can Nutrient Deficiencies Contribute And How is This Associated With A Gluten intolerance?
Section 6 Part 2: Are There studies Showing An Association Between Gluten And ALS?
Part 3 Of 5 Part Series: How Could A Gluten Intolerance Cause ALS In Various Age Groups
Part 4 Of 5 Part Series: How could A Lectin Intolerance Contribute To ALS
Part 5 Of 5 Part Series: Some Final Thoughts About ALS And Gluten
Scroll down the right side of my blog until you find ALS. All of the ALS posts will be found in this category.
1. Turner MR, Chohan G, Quaghebeur G, Greenhall RC, Hadjivassiliou M, Talbot K. A case of celiac disease mimicking amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2007 Oct;3(10):581-4.
2. K.J. Brown, V Jewells, H. Herfarth, M. Castillo. White Matter Lesions Suggestive Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Attributed To Celiac Disease. American Society Of Neuroradiology, 2009.