Gluten linked to brain fog in celiac disease cases

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A new study has found a direct link between brain fog and gluten consumption in people who have celiac disease. Researchers point out that patients have been complaining about cognitive impairment for years, and science is finally paying attention. In addition, they noticed positive results in people who changed their diets to eliminate gluten.

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Brain fog is often described as walking through a cloud by patients, and they admit to having problems performing simple, daily tasks. Confusion, distractibility and forgetfulness are also common among people who have brain fog. Information taken from cognitive tests reveals that they perform lower than people who are not experiencing this condition.

Researchers in Australia used cognitive ability tests in a group of people with celiac disease who reported brain fog. Although their sample only included 11 people, the results fit previous data found by others. The group included in the study performed lower on the cognitive tests. It is unfortunate that the sample size was small, but researchers hope to do more studies in the future. Brain fog is a serious issue that often gets overlooked by doctors and other medical professionals, yet it affects patients on a personal level and interferes with their daily tasks.

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Despite the test results, the study should give people with celiac disease hope because researchers noticed an improvement in cognitive ability in people who switched to a gluten-free diet. They mention that intestinal healing is linked to brain fog, so symptoms decrease as the body heals. It is crucial to follow a gluten-free diet as part of a treatment plan, and one of the benefits is clearer thinking. Researchers also suggest that cognitive tests may offer a way to track intestinal healing in patients and give doctors a way to see results without invasive procedures.

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