Know the Signs And Symptoms of Celiac Disease
For an increasing number of Americans, intolerance to gluten, caused by celiac disease, is becoming the norm.
According to the National Foundation of Celiac Disease Awareness, 1 out of 133 people are affected by celiac disease today.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine. Basically, the body attacks itself when someone with celiac consumes gluten, which hinders the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.
People who suffer from celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat products. Gluten can also be found in rye and barley.
Unfortunately, for those suffering from celiac disease, gluten is found in a majority of today’s processed foods.
Celiac disease can vary from person to person, but the disease is such a recent phenomenon that it is nearly impossible to create a definitive list of celiac disease symptoms.
For this reason, it is best to educate yourself about the causes of the disease, and about celiac disease symptoms that have been reported by sufferers.
Analyze Your Diet, and Monitor Your Body’s Response
When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their bodies respond by destroying the tiny fingerlike structures called villi, found along the walls of the small intestine.
The purpose of villi is to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. If someone with celiac disease consumes foods with gluten, it damages the villi of their small intestine, and make it impossible to absorb nutrients.
This causes a reaction in the body that can make one of the more common symptoms of celiac disease apparent.
If you notice that you are eating large quantities of food and either not gaining weight, or losing weight as a result, this may be a symptom of celiac disease.
Celiac disease is difficult to define. It is both a disease of malabsorption, as well as an abnormal immune response to gluten.
Celiac disease symptoms have actually been shown to occur more frequently after one of the following events: surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, and severe emotional stress.
Nailing Down a List of Prominent Symptoms
When discussing celiac disease, it is important to realize that children and adults can have different symptoms.
Children are more likely to experience digestive symptoms that include: abdominal pain or bloating, vomiting, chronic diarrhea, constipation, fatty or pale stool, and weight loss.
Adults are less likely to experience celiac disease symptoms that are related to digestive problems.
Many adults go for long periods of time, sometimes decades, before they are even diagnosed with celiac disease. Adult celiac disease symptoms can include: iron-deficient anemia, bone loss, bone and joint pain, fatigue, seizures, missed menstrual periods, infertility, arthritis, depression and/or anxiety, numbness in the hands and feet, itchy skin rashes, and canker sores inside the mouth.
The Best-Known Remedy for Celiac Disease
For people suffering from celiac disease, there is a way to cope with the damage that the disease can have on your body.
One of the best-known solutions for celiac disease so far is a gluten-free diet.
In almost every case of celiac disease, sufferers who followed a gluten-free diet had a much better quality of life.
In children, it can take as few as three, and as much as six months for intestinal damage to heal completely. Adults, however, require a bit more time, and may take several years to completely heal.
The symptoms of celiac disease are often difficult to live with. Once diagnosed, it is important to follow a diet that meets the gluten-free requirements established by your physician.
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