Overview

What is Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?

Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), also known as gluten intolerance is a condition that is characterised by the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people with gluten intolerance have a mild sensitivity to gluten, while others have coeliac disease which is an autoimmune disorder.

Symptoms

What are the signs of a Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?

Common symptoms include:

Abdominal pain/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

Abdominal pain/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

 Eczema and/or rash

Eczema and/or rash

Headache & “Foggy brain”

Headache & “Foggy brain”

 Fatigue & lethargy

Fatigue & lethargy

Depression

Depression

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Recurring ulcers in mouth

Recurring ulcers in mouth

Iron-deficiency anaemia

Iron-deficiency anaemia

Joint pain

Joint pain

Causes

What are the causes of a Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?

Currently, there is no explanation for why non-coeliac gluten sensitivity occurs and how it might be related to coeliac disease. It is possible that gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease represent different aspects of the same condition, but they may be completely different. A cause for gluten sensitivity symptoms to occur may be due to specific food proteins that cross the intestinal barrier into the blood stream, causing widespread inflammation.

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?

Unlike coeliac disease, there isn't a direct way to diagnose NCGS. The simplest way is to remove gluten from the diet and see if symptoms improve

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who are specialised in treating a Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.