My company offered a "Well Being" program where every employee and their family (spouse and children) were offered a free health screening consisting of an online survey and blood work--all confidential! If you took advantage of the screening, you were awarded a "Well Being Day" that can be used like a vacation day any day after May 16th.
Once my wife and I got the lab work, we decided to see a new doctor. My results showed an iron deficiency. I knew I've been teetering on the low end of normal iron levels for the past few years, but this was the first time it dropped below the normal range--only by a few points.
The doctor decided to send me to a gastroenterology doctor for an endoscope to look for internal bleeding--the iron had to be going somewhere! And to look at my small intestine to see if there may be an absorption issue. He took a biopsy of my stomach to see if I had a bacteria and one of my bile to see if I had a wheat allergy.
Both biopsies came back negative. The doctor wanted to rule out the wheat issue, so he sent me for blood work. Sure enough, the blood work came back showing Celiac disease! I guess the area he took the biopsy from wasn't inflamed.
I'm kind of shocked! But it makes sense when he went over some of the symptoms--I have a few. But I was really surprised to learn that there's roughly 20% of celiac sufferers that are overweight! Because the disease can cause malabsorption and some serious digestive issues, most folks are fairly skinny. In fact, they have a tendency to gain weight when they go gluten free. In my case, the symptoms are just starting to come out and probably wouldn't lead to weight loss!
So now I need to learn to eat a different way. No wheat, barley, oats, rye, or derivatives. Maybe I can make this transition into a weight loss plan as well?
Anyone here lose weight on a gluten free diet? If so, how???