Does the gluten free aspie diet really have an affect?



Page 1 of 1 [ 9 posts ] 

Smartgirl56
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: Jun 27, 2011
Posts: 27

28 Jun 2011, 9:58 pm

Does the gluten-free cassen-free diet really have an effect. I'm about to be forced to follow it by my mom and have very mild aspergers. I am already sorta eating healthy because of cross country running. I'm not sure if taking out those foods will really have to much of an affect on me.



Fnord
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: May 06, 2008
Posts: 23249
Location: Stendec

28 Jun 2011, 10:00 pm

There seems to be no consistent evidence for the claim, other than anecdotes and testimonials.


_________________
Only appropriately-trained and licensed mental-health
professionals can make a valid diagnosis of an ASD.
Online tests can not provide an objective ASD diagnosis.


SilverShoelaces
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

User avatar

Joined: Nov 07, 2010
Posts: 156

28 Jun 2011, 11:39 pm

Perhaps you should get tested for food allergies/intolerances if you have concerns. I went GF/CF recently, and noticed a huge change all at once...but then I put dairy back in my diet and there was no change. I'm still gluten free, but after a few weeks it became obvious to me that there's no reason for me to continue avoiding dairy if it has no negative effect on my health.

I should also point out that I had some pretty bad health problems as a result of my gluten intolerance. It triggered my hypothyroidism, which caused me to gain weight, made me anemic, and made my cholesterol levels really high. I had no real issues with casein that I know of (though I still generally avoid cheese because it's pretty bad for me anyway).

So while it may have an effect, it's gonna be a biological one before a brain chemistry one, and it may be more of a placebo for your mom than an actual help. If you don't mind needles, maybe you could request a blood test? Even if you don't take a test, if there's no obvious change, point that out. Eating GF/CF is a real pain, especially if you're with friends....



CuriousNotion
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: Nov 16, 2010
Posts: 41

29 Jun 2011, 4:51 pm

Gluten free 'aspie' diet?

Well Im no food expert but apparently Gluten is protein in grain. Apparently however some people have an allergic reaction to it. If you dont though wouldnt it be better to have things in moderation instead of cutting it out of your diet completely?



Cash__
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Nov 06, 2010
Posts: 1176
Location: In your fridge. Drinking your beer.

03 Jul 2011, 1:07 am

I tried the GF diet once. It had no effect on me.



techstepgenr8tion
SomeRandomGuy
SomeRandomGuy

User avatar

Joined: Feb 06, 2005
Posts: 15689
Location: Eating over the sink.

04 Jul 2011, 4:56 am

It depends on the aspie. Sometimes gluten or casein intolerance is a factor in the equation for them, sometimes it isn't.



HerrGrimm
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 963
Location: United States

04 Jul 2011, 10:02 pm

The Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet has been studied and found to have no real benefit. This is from IMFAR, a major conference about autism. It is on (gasp) the Autism Speaks page (search IMFAR).


_________________
"You just like to go around rebuking people with your ravenous wolf face and snarling commentary." - Ragtime


Gennette22
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: May 16, 2011
Posts: 30
Location: Virginia

05 Jul 2011, 2:36 pm

I just posted in the general discussion forum on this so you can see my post there as well. I found going GFCF to be extremely helpful for my digestion. Before the diet I went between chronic constipation and diarrhea and my doctors never figured it out. My celiac test was one of many that came back negative. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's (autoimmune thyroid disease) and my son was diagnosed with ASD, that we started GFCF. I later discovered my Asperger's but by then my digestion was back on track thanks to this diet. It is not as hard as it seems. My son is doing so much better since starting this diet a year ago. He is able to talk now and his stimming isn't as bad as it used to be. I lost 30 lbs too and am a normal weight again. Sorry about rambling on about our health dramas, but this diet really changed our lives.


_________________
I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me.
George Washington Carver


Zen
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: Nov 10, 2010
Posts: 1868

08 Jul 2011, 6:23 pm

Does it have an effect if you are gluten intolerant? Yes.
Does it have an effect on ASDs? No.

I've had digestive/malabsorption issues and all sorts of deficiencies for many years. Going gluten-free has made me feel 100% physically better. But nothing else has changed. If anything, my ASD symptoms are worse than they were years ago.



Display posts from previous:  Sort by  


Page 1 of 1 [ 9 posts ] 




You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum
Jump to: