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Gluten Sensitivity (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity - NCGS) at DRHC Dubai

Understanding Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition characterized by gastrointestinal and extraintestinal symptoms related to the ingestion of gluten in individuals who do not have celiac disease or wheat allergy. Unlike celiac disease, NCGS does not cause damage to the intestinal lining but can still cause significant discomfort and health issues.

Symptoms of NCGS

People with NCGS may experience a range of symptoms similar to those of celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Brain fog
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Skin rashes

Symptoms typically occur after consuming gluten-containing foods and improve when gluten is eliminated from the diet.

Diagnosis of NCGS

Diagnosing NCGS can be challenging because there are no specific tests for the condition. Diagnosis typically involves:

  1. Exclusion of Celiac Disease and Wheat Allergy: Blood tests and/or biopsies to rule out celiac disease, and skin prick tests or specific IgE blood tests to rule out wheat allergy.
  2. Symptom Assessment: Detailed assessment of symptoms and their correlation with gluten ingestion.
  3. Gluten-Free Diet Trial: Monitoring symptom improvement on a strict gluten-free diet, followed by a gluten challenge to confirm the recurrence of symptoms.

Management of NCGS

The primary treatment for NCGS is a gluten-free diet. This involves avoiding all foods and products containing gluten, including wheat, barley, and rye. Key management strategies include:

  1. Dietary Consultation: Working with a dietitian to ensure a balanced and nutritious gluten-free diet.
  2. Reading Labels: Learning to read food labels and recognize hidden sources of gluten in processed foods.
  3. Cross-Contamination Awareness: Being vigilant about cross-contamination in kitchens and when dining out.
  4. Symptom Monitoring: Keeping a food and symptom diary to track gluten exposure and symptom patterns.

Living with NCGS

Adopting a gluten-free lifestyle can be challenging, but with proper guidance and support, individuals with NCGS can manage their symptoms effectively and lead healthy lives. Tips for living with NCGS include:

  • Educate Yourself: Learn about gluten-free foods and safe alternatives.
  • Plan Meals: Plan and prepare meals in advance to avoid accidental gluten ingestion.
  • Communicate: Inform family, friends, and restaurant staff about your gluten sensitivity to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Join Support Groups: Connect with others who have NCGS for support and advice.

Why Choose DRHC Dubai for NCGS Management?

  • Expert Care: Our team of world-renowned gastroenterologists and dietitians are experienced in diagnosing and managing NCGS.
  • Personalized Approach: We provide individualized care plans tailored to each patient's specific needs and dietary preferences.
  • Comprehensive Support: From diagnosis to dietary guidance and long-term management, we offer complete support for individuals with NCGS.

Book An Appointment

If you are due for a Lactose Intolerance or experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, don't delay. Contact DRHC Dubai to schedule your appointment. Our team of experts is here to provide you with compassionate care and personalized treatment to keep your digestive health in check. To book Your Appointment just call us at +97142798200 for consulting with Gastroenterology Clinic at DRHC Dubai.