An online survey indicates that brain fog and reduced cognitive function is real for many people with celiac disease. The most common words used by respondents to describe the symptoms were "difficulty concentrating," "forgetfulness," and "grogginess." While I do not have celiac disease I do experience these same symptoms from eating gluten so I was interested to share here what the survey discovered.
This survey suggests that gluten-induced neurocognitive impairment (GINI) is common and may be severe in both individuals with CD and NCGS. Cognitive impairment and decline in physical functioning may be similar to that occurring in other illnesses, such as lupus. Clinical follow-up with both individuals with CD and NCGS should include assessment of GINI symptoms. Further research is warranted, including the development of a patient-reported outcome measure including neurocognitive effects of gluten exposure.
Goals:ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Gluten-induced Neurocognitive Impairment: Results of a Nationwide Study
Edwards George, Jessica B. PhD; Aideyan, Babatunde MA; Yates, Kayla BS; Voorhees, Kristin N. MA; O’Flynn, Jennifer PhD; Sweet, Kristen PhD; Avery, Kate MPH; Ehrlich, Alan MD; Bast, Alice BS; Leffler, Daniel A. MD, MSJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology: May 28, 2021