Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease related to psoriasis. It’s when your immune system attacks for healthy cells and causes joint stiffness and pain on top of scaly patches. 85% of psoriatic arthritis experience psoriasis first according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriatic arthritis. You can, however, rely on medications and lifestyle changes to manage your symptoms. For example, you can change your diet to a gluten-free diet.
What is a gluten-free diet?
Gluten is a general name for proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. Examples of food containing gluten include pasta, bread, and baked goods. Gluten is also sometimes hidden in seasoning mixes and sauces.
A person on a gluten-free diet has to avoid gluten in their meals. There are a few reasons why a person is on this particular diet; they have celiac disease or for other health reasons. If a person with zero tolerance to gluten accidentally consumes it, they may experience symptoms like diarrhea, joint pain and bloating.
What is the relationship between psoriatic arthritis and gluten intolerance?
National Psoriasis Foundation states that up to 25% of psoriasis patient may be sensitive to gluten, which causes their immune system to overreact. Researchers also believe psoriasis and celiac disease shares common genetic and inflammatory pathways.
There’s a chance you may be intolerant to gluten if you have psoriatic arthritis. If you have negative experiences when consuming gluten, it may be because you’re allergic to gluten.
If you’ve decided to start changing your diet to gluten-free meals, make sure a doctor gives you the green light before you start. It may be difficult to transition into this diet as gluten is found in many types of food. Read the ingredient list of packaged products before buying and ask about menu items when dining outside.
For more information about psoriatic arthritis, visit http://www.mypsoriasis.my/psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-why-you-should-know-both.