Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. It is an autoimmune condition that causes he body to attack itself every time a person who is gluten intolerant consumes gluten.
Gluten is found in grains like barley, wheat and rye.
There is no specific known cause of celiac disease, but we do know that it is an autoimmune condition wherein the body attacks itself.
The body's immune system is designed to protect from unknown substances. When people with celiac disease eat foods that have gluten, their immune system rejects it, and reactions then attack the intestinal lining. Nutrients are usually absorbed by the villi (thin structures on the lining of the small intestine).The attack causes damage in the intestines, and if the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients properly.
Symptoms of celiac disease are incredibly broad. There are said to be over 200 noted symptoms, both digestive as well as in other parts of the body.
Common symptoms include:
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Bone or joint pain
- Abnormal menstrual periods
Digestive symptoms are more common in children with celiac disease, but are still possible in adults. Think about how you feel when you eat something you are severely allergic too, or when you have food poisoning or even the stomach flu, symptoms of celiac disease might be similar. It is noted that celiac disease can also cause headaches, depression, irritability and discolored teeth. Symptoms of celiac are often hard to determine because they are so broad and divided. This means that it’s important to have a doctor diagnose you if you notice symptoms.
The best and most effective way to treat celiac disease is to completely remove gluten from your diet. Even the smallest consumption of gluten can cause major damage to the intestine, making celiac more serious.
Thankfully, gluten free diets are incredibly popular today, so finding foods that are completely gluten free is very easy. You can ask your local market to show you all of the gluten free options available in store, as well as order from specialty shops online.
Vitamins are also important to take when you suffer from celiac disease. Most often there is an insufficiency in vitamins B-12, D and K as well as calcium, folate, iron and zinc.
At West Medical, we can successfully diagnose and treat all symptoms of celiac disease. Our skilled doctors will assess your condition to determine the best method of treatment for your case.
Celiac disease and gluten intolerance has many aspects. Don't go another minuted diagnosed, West Medical can help assess and treat your celiac condition. Call West Medical at
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