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Signs Your Senior Loved One Is Gluten Intolerant

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

When some people are exposed to gluten, a common component of wheat and other grains, their body mounts an improper response that can cause health issues. For those who do not have the autoimmune condition known as celiac disease, they may have gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance is recognized by health care providers and professional Nashville caregivers as the cause of a variety of common ailments ranging from anxiety and mood swings to autoimmune disorders. If your senior loved shows signs of the following symptoms, he or she may be gluten intolerant.

Anxiety and Depression

Signs of depression include losing interest in hobbies, loss of energy, and diminished appetite. Anxiety may lead to restlessness and panic. These symptoms can be especially worrying for the elderly as age can mask these symptoms of gluten intolerance. To remedy these symptoms, a simple diet change can help.

Autoimmune Disorders

Common autoimmune diseases in the elderly include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Grave’s disease and arthritis. For the gluten intolerant, gluten exposure can exacerbate the symptoms of autoimmune disease caused by an already overactive immune response.

Dental Problems

Dental issues like cavities, ulcers, and weak teeth can be an annoying part of getting older, but for those with gluten intolerance, relief might be as easy as giving up gluten. A 2009 article published in the BMC Journal of Gastroenterology found that persistent mouth ulcers are linked to gluten intolerance.

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are painful headaches that are frequently accompanied with vertigo and sensitivity to light. Although not all migraines are related to gluten exposure, it can be a noteworthy reason to visit a doctor. The University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research has also found that a gluten-free diet can help prevent migraines for people who are gluten intolerant. If you’re loved one has trouble maintaining a gluten-free diet, Nashville home care providers can help.

To rule out celiac disease or gluten intolerance, make sure your loved one schedule an appointment with the doctor. He or she will likely have to try a gluten-free diet for a few weeks to determine if gluten is the problem. If your loved one needs help preparing healthy meals and sticking to a diet free of gluten, Home Care Assistance will help. We are a leading provider of live-in and hourly home care Nashville seniors can depend on whether they need us for a few hours a week or on a more frequent basis. Our trusted caregivers will help your loved one maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise to promote overall wellbeing while helping out around the house. Schedule a free consultation when you call (615) 656-4999 today and learn more about how we can help your loved one.