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Celiac Disease



Celiac Disease is genetically inherited


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Celiac Disease is a genetically inherited autoimmune digestive disease. Celiac disease
(spelled coeliac in Europe) damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with
absorption of nutrients from food. When a person who has a Gluten Intolerance or is
Celiac eats food-containing gluten such as wheat, barley & rye, their immune system
responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi becomes
damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to
malnourishment. Celiacs are more susceptible to number of other conditions, a few of
which are Osteoporosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, Depression.


Signs of Celiac (Celiac Symptoms)


What are the symptoms of celiac disease? There is a broad range of Signs of Celiac
Disease (over 300) so it can be difficult to diagnose. Some common signs of celiac
disease are:

  • Bloating
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Itchy Skin Rash
  • Irritability
  • White/Brown spots on your teeth
  • Abdominal Pain




Many times those with celiac symptoms are incorrectly misdiagnosed as having other
diseases. This is due to the fact that many of the same symptoms are shared by other
diseases such as Crohns, chronic fatigue, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, irritable
bowel, and ulcerative colitis.


Asymptomatic Celiac Disease


It is possible to have no symptoms of celiac disease. This is called asymptomatic celiac
disease. The undamaged part of the small intestine is able to absorb enough nutrients
to prevent symptoms of celiac disease, but asymptomatic celiacs are still at risk for
complications of celiac disease. If you wonder if your symptoms might have something
to do with the gluten in your diet, consult with your physician about removing all gluten
from your diet.


Testing for Celiac Disease


If you think you might have celiac symptoms, please go to your physician immediately.
They can do a blood test and then an intestinal biopsy to confirm if you have celiac
disease. There is really no other way since both celiac disease and gluten intolerance
have similar symptoms. For Treatment of Celiac Disease please see Treatment for Celiac

Disease or Gluten Intolerance.


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