In recent years, there has been an increase in conversation on the topic of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results from genetic, environmental and immunologic components. With celiac disease, gluten causes damage to the small intestine when consumed either through food or beverages. It is worth noting that there is a difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. The information presented here is a specific to celiac disease only.
When people with this disease ingest gluten, their body creates an immune response that attacks the small intestine, limiting the intestine from carrying out proper nutrient absorption. Over time, the inflammation damages the small intestine’s lining, leading to a variety of complications.
While this disease can be hard to diagnose, there are over 200 symptoms that adults with celiac disease may experience.
Some of the more common signs or symptoms include:
Complications of long term malabsorption or disease include:
There are tests that can help diagnose this autoimmune disorder. Click here to learn more about the challenges of diagnosing Celiac Disease. The only known treatment for this disease is to refrain from eating gluten. A registered dietitian can assist you with creating an eating plan that avoids gluten while maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet. If you think you or a family member may have Celiac Disease, request an appointment with us today.