I got an email from a reader recently, asking if it's possible for celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity to cause anxiety symptoms and panic attacks. The short answer is yes: both celiac and gluten sensitivity are associated with symptoms of anxiety, and anecdotal reports link both to panic attacks, as well.
It's not entirely clear why people get these symptoms -- researchers don't really know, although speculation ranges from a problem with nutritional deficiencies to a possible direct effect by gluten on your brain.
Learn what we know about gluten-induced anxiety -- and potentially get some tips on how to alleviate it -- in my article Gluten and Anxiety. If you're interested, there's also more information on other neurological conditions associated with gluten ingestion in Gluten and Depression and Gluten and Brain Fog.
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