Now, my mother is 84 and has had ongoing health issues for a lot of years - arthritis being a major one, as well as many others which I would guess were mainly inflammatory responses. She rang me on Tuesday - her Doctor (GP here in the UK) has started her on a gluten free regime!
Obviously, both she and my father have eaten wheat all of their lives - bread, pastry, dumplings, cakes etc (she is an excellent cook) and showed no symptoms of wheat intolerance for years. Then aches and pains began to develop, the inevitable creeping weight gain, until now, her GP has made a link with wheat. I am hoping that she will stop cooking pastry etc for my father too - you never know, it might help with his growing dementia problems too.
But at least she is able, knowing that I have been gluten free for quite a while, to ring me and ask "is porridge still OK" (no!) or "Can I make a roux sauce?" (no -use either arrowroot or potato flour) etc. Which is a help that many starting the gluten free route don't have. And she is already starting to suggest to my sisters that perhaps this that or the other problem they have would go away if they gave up gluten!!!
So - you may have no problems at the moment. But who can tell what will occur as time goes on - and it is harder to roll back the clock than to take steps now.