An article published on the Gluten Free Living website tells the story of a 29-year old woman with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who, despite testing negative for celiac disease, says that a gluten-free diet improved her symptoms to the point that she no longer needs medication to treat her RA. She is also once again exercising regularly and recommends finding support from others with RA through resources such as Creaky Joints.

The article notes that some experts remain skeptical about the benefit of a gluten-free diet in the absence of celiac disease, in part due to the restriction and burden the diet places on individuals and families. While several studies have found some benefit of a gluten-free diet for people with fibromyalgia, these studies did not rule out the placebo effect and there have been no studies showing a similar effect in RA. “Currently there is no data to support the argument that everyone with an autoimmune disease should avoid eating gluten,” according to Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray.

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