For people who don’t know the pain and discomfort people with gluten intolerance face, you’re living care-free in a gluten-filled world. However, for people who suffer with the condition that can lead to anguishing pains, discomfort, bloating, and a litany of other lagging health maladies – listen up. Researchers believe they’ve identified the harmless virus that brings the pain into your gluten-intolerant world. The funny guy who causes the not-so-funny condition is a virus known as reovirus. The reovirus is typically known for causing upper respiratory infections in childhood that are typically thought to be mild. Fast forward to life as a wheat-loving, barley-consuming, rye bread sandwich-eating consumer and we see a different side effect of this mild virus: gluten intolerance. Now what? Researchers hypothesize that the timing of the reovirus introduction may be a crucial piece to whether or not a person goes on to develop the autoimmune response to gluten leading to Celiac Disease or just a gluten intolerance. More research is needed but if I had a dog in the race, I’d think this is like the introduction of milk to a child who develops Type 1 diabetes. It’s all about timing. The reovirus may be another dog in the race but gluten introduction may be the key player in this game of Clue. We’ll see what future studies reveal.
Help Dip a Stick for Diabetes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, achieve our mission to encourage everybody to know their diabetes status. Subscribe for free here or by texting DIPASTICK to 22828 and respond with your email. Or shop Amazon and they pay the nonprofit for referring you. Donations can be made through PayPal.