VIDEO: Brain fog, neurocognitive symptoms highly frequent in celiac disease
In this video exclusive, Alice Bast and Jessica Edwards George, PhD, discussed a study assessed how brain fog and other neurocognitive symptoms impact patients with celiac disease.
Bast, the CEO of Beyond Celiac said they collaborated with researchers from Northeastern University to survey 1,400 patients with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
“Brain fog isn’t given much attention from researchers as [gastrointestinal (GI)] symptoms,” she said.
George, licensed psychologist, associate clinical professor, director of counseling psychology at the department of applied psychology, Northeastern University, said 90% patients included in the survey experienced brain fog which lasted 1 to 2 days. Patients said the symptom began within 2 hours of gluten exposure.
“Symptoms are not just GI symptoms,” George said. “This is important at diagnosis when clinicians are inquiring about what are the symptoms that they aren’t just inquiring about the gastrointestinal symptoms but they are also inquiring about the neurocognitive symptoms because we know that they occur frequently in individuals with celiac disease.”