Gluten Sensitivity and Restless Leg Syndrome – Is there a connection? by Dr. Peter Osborne

Dr-O-Fox-NewsIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) are common in RLS.

Three hypotheses developed are

(a) RLS patients are selectively immunocompromised or genetically predisposed and thus more subject to SIBO

(b) SIBO leads to autoimmune changes, and subsequent auto-antibodies attack brain and/or peripheral nerves

(c) SIBO inflammation leads to increased hepcidin and CNS iron deficiency which, in turn, leads to RLS.

These hypotheses bear further investigation.

Gluten Sensitivity, RLS, and SIBO are all Connected…

Research studies have linked gluten ingestion to changes in small intestinal bacteria. These changes can cause a variety of symptoms to occur.

Most commonly patients will experience:

– gas and bloating
– abdominal pain
– intermittent diarrhea and constipation
– acid reflux
– bad breath

Bacterial overgrowth can also lead to changes in digestion, vitamin and mineral absorption, and intestinal permeability (AKA – leaky gut syndrome).

Gluten ingestion can lead to a variety of physiological changes that create disease.

I have treated thousands of patients with gluten issues. Many of them have also had RLS symptoms that resolved on a gluten free diet.

If you haven’t done so already, it is recommended that you get tested for gluten sensitivity or go gluten free.

You can take our self test Here:

Wheat fieldDr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Town Center Wellness in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. is both a doctor of chiropractic as well as a Board Certified doctor of clinical nutrition. He founded the Gluten Free Society in 2010 to help educate patients and physicians on the far reaching effects of gluten sensitivity. He is the author of Glutenology, a series of digital videos and ebooks designed to help educate the world about gluten.

1 Comment »

  1. KarenLA said

    Wow! This is really insightful. I was having a discussion on another fb and several women were discussing how their husbands “twitched” all during the night keeping them up. They said when they were off gluten it didn’t happen and mentioned they had followen off the wagon and the twitches came back.I’m sharing this with them. Hard to believe eating gluten does this. I’d love to hear more experts talk about it. Very enlightening.

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