Gluten and Liver Disease

By | May 10, 2013

Gluten and Liver Disease

In my email this morning I rec’d this info regarding gluten and liver disease.  I found it so very interesting and felt it is important to share with you here!  I have learned there are 190 illnesses related to gluten and  “99% of people who have a problem with gluten don’t even know!”  Be sure to click on the link for Cholesterol medications can cause liver disease only a 5 minute video and very powerful!

What I like about this info is Dr. Osborne provides information in a way that is easy to understand.  I feel that is important because it is so complex with so many people having a problem with gluten and not knowing it.

This was an email I rec’d from Dr. Osborne

Another new research study investigated the connection between autoimmune liver disease and gluten.  This study investigated whether  children with combined autoimmune hepatitis and celiac disease had higher remission rates of hepatitis while on a gluten free diet.  The conclusion of the study is below…

CONCLUSIONS:: Patients with AIH co-existing with CD achieve treatment-free sustained remission in a significantly higher proportion, when compared to patients with autoimmune liver disease without celiac disease, suggesting a possible long-term adjuvant effect of gluten free diet.

Source: J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Gluten Can Cause Liver Damage

There are hundreds of published medical studies on gluten and liver damage.  The study above is just one more piece of medical evidence.  Unfortunately, doctors don’t study nutrition and therefore often overlook this connection.  If you want to look at additional studies, click here.

I commonly see patients in my office who suffer with different forms of liver and gall bladder diseases.  Sometimes the only symptoms are abdominal and right shoulder pain.  Often times they have been diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver disease or gall stones.  Many or these individuals are considering having surgery to remove their gall bladder.

I would recommend anyone suffering with liver or gall bladder problems of unknown origin be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.  Celiac testing is too inaccurate and not definitive for those who have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  If you cannot afford testing or if you doctor won’t order it for you, go on a TRUE gluten free diet.  You can also take this simple quiz to determine the likelihood for gluten sensitivity.  Contrary to popular belief, a gluten free diet is safe even if you don’t have gluten issues.  There is no requirement in the human diet for grains.  This is simply a manufactured marketing effort by cereal companies.

No Gallbladder = Vitamin Deficiency

Remember, if you opt to have your gall bladder  removed, you will lose some of your ability to absorb and digest fat properly.  Vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as the omega 3 fatty acids all need a healthy gall bladder for proper absorption.  The side effects of these nutritional deficiencies can be devastating.  Vitamin D alone has been linked to more than 20 terminal cancers.

Now consider that liver disease can cause high cholesterol… Cholesterol medications can cause liver disease…Liver disease contributes to blood sugar abnormalities…contributes to fatigue…contributes to weight gain…contributes to fatty liver…

gluten and liver disease

Liver Damage = Skin Disease

In addition to gallbladder problems, liver damage can lead to skin damage.  When the liver is overstressed, it can lose its ability to detoxify appropriately.  Pollutants, drugs, potentially damaging chemical byproducts are all typically handled by the liver.  When this vital organ can’t do its job, the skin is recruited to aid in the process.  Common skin disorders connected to this are eczema and dermatitis.

We can go on and on and on.  The point is, gluten intolerance can cause liver and gall bladder problems.  Most patients diagnosed with liver disease in the U.S. are told that their disease has no known cause.  It makes sense to investigate gluten as a causative factor.

Always looking out for you,

Dr. Osborne  – The Gluten Free Warrior
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Today I have provided a some very important information on gluten and liver disease.  It is not meant to diagnose gluten and liver disease.  It is however information that will allow you to do your own research if this is something you feel could help you on your journey to guten free living.

Let today be your day!  Talk soon,

7 thoughts on “Gluten and Liver Disease

  1. Kathy Hadley

    Great post!

    It is amazing how it is all connected, isn’t it.

    It is also amazing that more doctors don’t tell you this stuff.

    Maybe they don’t know. But of the doctors I’ve talked to, they said the majority of people don’t care…they want a quick fix.

    We live in a microwave society where everyone expects fixes to be immediate.

    “Give me a pill”, they will say. “I’m in page, let’s to the surgery.” It is all about quick fixes.

    That is probably why more people don’t want to learn about all of this.

    But keep putting it out there. That way when they are ready, more people can GET IT!



  2. Michelle

    This is really informative. My son had a wheat allergy when he was young and our entire family went on a gluten free diet during that time frame. I realize having a wheat allergy does not necessarily mean celiac, but rather than go through the invasive testing, we opted to simply change all of our diets during that time. He ended up outgrowing it, but we learned a lot about gluten free living during that time frame. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be but it did require a lot more work and creativity. I did not know about the link to liver disease!

  3. Joy Healey

    Hi Wendy

    Great information, which I will share.

    What is so frightening is your statement about the number of people who have no idea they have a problem with gluten. And I’m not going to repeat the figure. I encourage anyone reading this, to scroll back to the top of this post and really think about that scary statistic at the top!!

    Catch up soon, Joy

  4. Jodene

    Great post Wendy. Thank you for the links you added too. I popped over & took the gluten quiz. It never hurts to look into something like that!
    ~ Jodene

  5. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Thanks for connecting Jocelyn! Appreciate your support and very glad to hear it helps connect the dots. I can totally appreciate your comment and please let me know if I can help. Best Regards, Wendy 🙂

  6. Debra Moser

    Wendy, how timely is this! Thank you for this excellent info.


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