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Is Gluten-free Diet Collin McHugh's Secret Weapon?

Celiac.com 07/24/2015 - Before Joining the Houston Astros in December 2013, pitcher Collin McHugh chalked a career record of zero wins and eight losses, with an 8.94 ERA. He basically bounced around the league until he caught the eyes of the Astros.

Major league pitcher and gluten-free eater Collin McHugh. Photo: CC--SLCCKGCSince joining the Astros, McHugh has gone 16 wins, 11 losses, with a 3.17 era, and is currently 5-2 for 2015.

This turnaround coincides with a decision by McHugh to follow a gluten-free diet, after suffering from stomach and digestive complaints that go back to childhood.

McHugh's decision to gluten-free came just as the Astros picked him up, and he's been firm in his commitment to both the team and his diet.

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After sticking to the gluten-free diet, McHugh says he lost a substantial amount of weight and picked up some additional energy: "The times you feel bad or you're drained weren't as frequent. Energy-wise, there was a big difference."

Whether McHugh's newfound performance success is due to cutting gluten from his diet, is unclear.

Recent science LINK says that McHugh may benefit if he suffers from celiac disease. Otherwise, not so much.

In either case, I'm sure McHugh and the Astros will take whatever benefits they get on the field.

Read more at Foxsports.com.

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Cherri Nelson
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02 Aug 2015 8:56:27 AM PDT
I would sure like to know if the stomach and digestive issues cleared up. I medically have to be gluten free, being gluten intolerant. Being woken at 3am with severe cramping pain keeps me strict; not to mention a clearer brain and many other chronic conditions that have disappeared. But I didn't lose weight, I gained. So I'm a bit suspicious about this baseball player. Unless his digestive problems also cleared, he story adds to the FAD! And FADs fade when people start rolling the eyes as they tire of them!




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@cyclinglady thanks for checking in Restricted diet didn't do much. Still had some VA last time they checked. Heath still otherwise fine, so RCD remains unlikely. My sxs kick in lockstep with life stress, so that kind of points to some general IBS stuff on top of celiac disease. Very doubtful I'm getting any gluten in, but fingers crossed my system is just a little hyper-vigilant, as I ponder on this thread.

I have always noticed that the table wine in Europe is pretty damn good! I am a wine lover and so is my husband but he does like his Green's beer.

The reason they set the limit at 20ppms is that through scientific study, they have proven that the vast majority of people with Celiac Disease do not have an autoimmune reaction to amounts below that......it is a safe limit for most. Also, just because that limit is set at 20ppms, does not mean that gluten-free products contain that amount of gluten. Testing for lower levels becomes more expensive with each increment down closer to 0-5ppms, which translates into higher priced products. Unless you eat a lot of processed gluten-free food, which can have a cumulative affect for some, most people do well with the 20ppm limit.

I'm in the Houston area so I'm assuming there are plenty of specialists around, though finding one that accepts my insurance might be hard. This might sound dumb, but do I search for a celiac specialist?? I'm so new to this and want to feel confident in what is/isn't wrong with my daughter. I'm with you on trusting the specialist to know the current research.

Hi VB Thats sounds like a good plan. Would it help to know that a frustrating experience in seeking diagnosis isn't unusual With your IGG result I'm sure a part of you is still wondering if they are right to exclude celiac. I know just how you feel as I too had a negative biopsy, but by then a gluten challenge had already established how severely it affected me. So I was convinced I would be found to be celiac and in a funny way disappointed not to get the 'official' stamp of approval. Testing isnt perfect, you've already learned of the incomplete celiac tests offered by some organisations and the biopsy itself can only see so much. If you react positively to the gluten free diet it may mean you're celiac but not yet showing damage in a place they've checked, or it may be that you're non celiac gluten sensitive, which is a label that for a different but perhaps related condition which has only recently been recognised and for which research is still very much underway. We may not be able to say which but the good news is all of your symptoms: were also mine and they all resolved with the gluten free diet. So don't despair, you may still have found your answer, it just may be a bit wordier than celiac! Keep a journal when you're on the diet, it may help you track down your own answers. Best of luck!