One of the first things I tell people that have been diagnosed with vitiligo is that there may be a vitiligo correlation between a gluten intolerance and the spread of their disease. Do I have proof? No.
But I strongly suspect that food allergies contribute to the worsening of vitiligo even if food allergies are not the direct cause.
Food allergies are something that can be tested and demonstrated. If you have vitiligo, find out if you have food allergies. Don’t cause problems if you don’t have to.
Will going gluten free cure your vitiligo? Perhaps not. But, I have noticed that when I eat particularly clean, spend time in the sun and drink very little alchohol or none at all, my pigment comes back in those spots exposed to the sun. It’s slow and my vitiligo expands in other areas but I am encouraged to see repigmentation of any kind.
Other vitiligo correlations:
- Correlation between thyroid problems and vitiligo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19874359
- Correlation between vitamin D deficiency and vitiligo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23300773