Celiac Disease: Do You Know the Causes
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Celiac is known as an autoimmune disease that affects more than 100,000 people each year. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans or 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease and 83 percent of Americans who have celiac disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. More often than not, people wait for up to 6 to 10 years to be correctly diagnosed.

Even though there isn’t a cure for celiac disease yet, for most people it requires following a strict diet that can help manage symptoms and allow your body to heal. By becoming more informed about celiac disease, you will be able to find out the different factors that cause it and discover a solution to help manage the symptoms associated with this ailment.

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) also referred to as sprue or coeliac is an immune reaction to eating gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. For those struggling with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers a negative reaction in the small intestines. Over time, this response can harm the lining of your small intestine and prevent your digestive system from absorbing nutrients.

This type of damage can cause diarrhea, weight loss, bloating, fatigue and anemia. Along with those symptoms, there are others that accompany celiac disease.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

The symptoms vary between adults and children, so whether you or your child are dealing with celiac disease, you might not even know. The most common signs for adults are diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue and some adults might experience bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation.

However, a lot of adults struggling with celiac disease have symptoms and signs that aren’t related to the digestive system, such as:

  • Tooth enamel damage
  • Heachaches
  • Joint Pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Itchy and blistery skin
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Anemia
  • Loss of bone density

For the children under 2 years of age, the usual signs and symptoms of celiac disease include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Swollen belly
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite

Older children might experience the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Neurological symptoms like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, headaches, lack of muscle coordination and seizures

Causes of Celiac Disease

When your immune system overreacts to the gluten in your food, the reaction damages small, hair-like projections called villi that line the small intestine. These hair-like projections absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food that you eat. If they become damaged, your body won’t be able to get enough nutrients regardless of how much you eat.

The exact cause of celiac disease is still unknown, but doctors have found that it occurs because of a reaction between your genes, glutenous foods and environmental factors. Gastrointestinal infections and gut bacteria might contribute to this disease as well.

Treatments for Celiac Disease

If celiac disease is not treated it can cause a variety of issues ranging from malnutrition to even miscarriages and infertility. The best way to prevent yourself from experiencing celiac disease it to include a number of dietary and lifestyle changes like adding fish oil, yogurt, horsetail tea and nutritional supplements to your diet.

Another very effective way to treat celiac disease is to avoid eating any foods that contain gluten. For more information on gluten, read on here, and if you want to know more about the gluten-free diet you can read about it here.

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References

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Celiac disease. (2018, March 06). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352220