“Is there gluten in this?” 🍞 People with celiac disease have 3x the risk of developing lupus, too. But, it can be hard to tell the conditions apart.
Gluten is a group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. It acts like a glue and is responsible for the doughy, sticky consistency of bread.
Check out this list from the Celiac Disease Foundation on sources of gluten to learn more.
For people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance, their bodies react to these proteins. Common symptoms include:
- digestive problems
- skin problems
People with gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease are more likely to develop or already have other autoimmune diseases. This includes systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE.)
Because of this connection, gluten-free diets are shared online as a way to reduce flares or reduce disease activity. However, there are also many articles on the internet claiming that that gluten causes lupus. Most researchers currently consider this to be unlikely and untrue. Though, research that tracks children, including diet, into their adult years is challenging to complete.