I have read various theories on what causes or agitates Meniere’s disease. The hydrops theory and the viral theory are usually the most popular reasons for meniere’s. As for agitating meniere’s or bringing on an attack, diet, mostly one high in salt is at the top of list. Smoking and alcohol are also bad. Another theory that I have read about lately is gluten.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is also an important source of protein for much of the world’s population. Gluten is the substance in bread that allows it to rise before baking. It also gives bread its chewy taste.
Unfortunately gluten is also responsible for celiac disease which can be fatal. The gluten causes damage to your small intestine and also limits your ability to digest certain nutrients. Without those nutrients your body’s organs and functions can be severely affected. So with celiac disease wheat products are to be avoided.
The connection between meniere’s and gluten
I have read that some meniere’s patients have found that reduced intake of gluten can help lessen meniere’s attacks. It could also have something to do with wheat allergies agitating meniere’s because allergies have also been considered as something that provokes meniere’s. It seems reasonable especially if vertigo can be a side effect of gluten.
As usual there isn’t any concrete proof that gluten and meniere’s have a connection but I wouldn’t rule it out either.
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