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All About Celiac Disease

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a type of protein commonly found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. Gluten gives these certain types of grains the elasticity/ ability to hold together. Gluten/wheat is also an ingredients added to foods to extend their shelf life.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease. That means, when an individual with Celiac consumes anything with gluten, the immune system attacks the body. The most damaging part it does to the body is in the intestines. The intestines have little villi (little hairs) that coat the intestines to help food move. When an individual with Celiac Disease consumes gluten it wears down the villi, so the body cannot absorb nutrition.

What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Diagnoses may take several months, to years, until a proper diagnoses is found. Here are a few symptoms below. Not all. Some people may have several symptoms, one symptom, or non at all. Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, and vomiting, lactose intolerant, decreased, increased appetite (or unchanged), muscle cramps, and joint pain, fatigue, migraines, canker sores, depression and/or anxiety, tingles in hands, and feet, hair loss, unexplained short height.

What is Celiac Disease goes untreated?

If Celiac Disease go untreated some conditions can occur further in life such as, diabetes, osteoporosis, other autoimmune disorders, and even some types of cancer.

What is the cure?

No! But staying on a strict gluten-free diet will stop symptoms, and further damage to the body.

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  1. As far as I know, I don’t have Celiac’s disease. But I am allergic to wheat. I also can’t eat rye or spelt. I have always figured it was the gluten giving me trouble. I do think the whole gluten-free trend is a little extreme, but obviously it is important for some people.
    The trouble with wheat is that it is so ubiquitous. Most people eat it several times a day. My belief is that a varied diet with many different kinds of carbohydrates is better than always eating mainly one kind.
    Great post! It’s always good to raise awareness about these sorts of issues.

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  2. I am unable to digest wheat and avoiding gluten has taken away a lot of distesive issues and pain. I wonder why doctors don’t know of gluten allergies and do not recommend dietary changes before tests and medication.

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