In relations to my most recent blog on Digestive Problems.
Can gluten trigger gallbladder attacks/gallbladder disease?
I did some research on this topic and found some answers.
A wide range of health issues are being linked to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
This is positive development in medical research, because it is starting to bring more focus on how harmful these grain proteins are in the human diet.
Celiac disease is not a symptom of gallbladder dysfunction, but it can definitely be a cause.
If you are suffering from gallbladder problems you should definitely be tested for celiac disease.
Celiac disease gets in the way of proper gallbladder function by dampening or canceling out the cholecystokinin (CCK) signal sent from the duodenum.
(CCK- is a hormone produced by the small intestine in response to the fats.)
(Duodenum- is the first part of your small intestine.)
If the duodenum can’t sense fat content because its lining is inflamed, it doesn’t know to send CCK and call the gallbladder to action.
The gallbladder, not getting the proper signal, either sits waiting or does an inadequate job and doesn’t give 100% effort. Therefore bile doesn’t circulate properly, it has a greater opportunity to settle and crystalize and the chance of gallstone formation is greatly increased.
Not only does celiac disease cause malabsorption of nutrients in general due to its inflammatory nature, but its problems are further compounded by a double dose of malabsorption caused by reduced bile output from a lazy or unresponsive gallbladder.
As the intestinal lining worsens over time, more symptoms and digestive disorders can result.
(such as lactose intolerance)
So anyone who suffers from gallbladder attacks should get tested for celiac disease. You never know, what you may find out and start on a healthier diet.