Could your BP drug be making you gluten sensitive?

A recent study has come out linking a blood pressure medication, olmesartan (Benicar) to celiac-disease-like symptoms of gluten sensitivity, which include bloating, chronic diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, nausea, vomitting and/or abdominal pain.  Once the patients were taken off olmestartan, their symptoms improved.  The interesting finding in the study was that though the patient mimicked celiac-disease symptoms, the blood tests showed negative antibodies to the disease, indicating the drug created an inflammatory response to gluten similar to celiac disease without the antibody response.  An article to the study can be found here.

Acupuncture can help decrease inflammatory responses in the body by improving blood flow, oxygenation, and detoxification responses.  Consider getting acupuncture to decrease these digestive symptoms, whether due to medication ingestion or autoimmune response or ingestion of allergenic foods.