Celiacs! Have you gotten the cold/flu much, or at all, since being diagnosed?
I asked this question on Twitter and Facebook yesterday. These are some of the responses I got from fellow celiacs. Only two people told me that they often get sick. Most told me that they have rarely gotten sick, if at all, since being diagnosed as celiac and starting a strict gluten free diet.
‘Hardly ever now I think of it!’
‘No, actually, I haven’t gotten sick at all.’
‘Never thought of it but actually very rarely if at all!’
‘It is very unusual for me to be ill even when all my colleagues succumb’
‘Two years after going gluten free and I haven’t.’
‘No, not many at all.’
‘I used to always have cold after cold but now I’m rarely ill.’
‘Hardly any colds (I used to have them non stop) and no more hay fever’
‘Since being diagnosed I hardly get sick anymore.’
This may sound a little strange but I can’t remember the last time I was struck down by the flu or even a cold. Actually, I can. It was Christmas 2005, just a week before I was about to head off to South Korea, and I some how picked up the flu. I was in bed for a few days, every part of of me was aching. I hope writing this post isn’t tempting fate but I haven’t had the flu,or even a cold, since.
I’ve been sick in the sense that I developed lots of horrible symptoms which led to my celiac disease diagnosis but all of this disappeared once I started my gluten free diet. In the last six years I haven’t picked up a cold or the flu. I travelled A LOT during this time and there was the whole swine flu thing a couple of years back which many of my friends and coworkers caught. Even when my husband picks up a cold or a virus I some how manage not to catch it.
I wonder…it is my overactive immune system which prevents me from getting sick? If my immune system is so strong that it destroys my own body when I consume gluten, could it also be strong enough to fight off any cold or flu viruses?
UPDATE (November 2012) I’m sick!! I am currently suffering from my first cold in 7 years. How did it get through? My strong immune system didn’t catch this one..
What are your opinions on this? Share in the comments below. When was the last time you were struck down with a cold or the flu?