Celiac disease is an immune disorder in which people cannot tolerate gluten because it damages the inner lining of their small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients. The symptoms are:
• bone or joint pain
• canker sores inside the mouth
• depression or anxiety
• dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy, blistering skin rash
• fatigue, or feeling tired
• infertility or recurrent miscarriage
• missed menstrual periods
• tingling numbness in the hands and feet
• weak and brittle bones, or osteoporosis
HOW IS CELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
People suffering from Celiac Disease may also be prone to or already suffering from thyroid, diabetes and other such ailments. The general physician or general surgeon will conduct a variety of lab tests including blood tests to check the immunoglobulin levels. Also, an endoscopy may also be conducted for proper diagnosis.
HOW IS CELIAC DISEASE TREATED?
Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. People living gluten-free must avoid food with wheat, rye and barley, such as bread and beer. Ingesting small amounts of gluten, like crumbs from a cutting board or toaster, can trigger small intestine damage.
DID YOU KNOW?
Celiac disease is susceptible to other health problems, including:
• Miscarriage or infertility.
• Birth defects, such as neural tube defects (improper formation of the spine) caused by poor absorption of such nutrients as folic acid.
• Growth problems in children because they don't absorb enough nutrients.
• Cancer of the intestine