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Celiac Disease: What I need to Know?

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Celiac Disease

When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

What Causes Celiac Disease?

Normally, our body’s immune system is designed to protect it from foreign invasions. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are normally absorbed by the villi. If the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients properly and ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.

Different people will experience the disease in different ways, because the symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next.Often, symptoms of celiac disease are confused with other disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance.

 

Symptoms for Children

Infants and children with celiac disease tend to have digestive problems. Common symptoms for infants and children include:

  • Growth problems
  • Decreased appetite and failure to gain weight
  • Chronic diarrhea, which can be bloody
  • Chronic constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Common symptoms for teenagers include:

 

Symptoms for Adults

In adults with celiac disease, the inability of the body to absorb a sufficient amount of calcium to keep bones strong often leads to osteoporosis. Anemia, or low red blood cell count from iron deficiency, is another common problem caused by celiac disease.Infertility and miscarriages are also potential complications of the disease.

Adults often have fewer gastrointestinal symptoms of celiac disease. Diarrhea, for example, affects only one-third of adults with the disease.

Common symptoms for adults include:

  • Iron deficiency
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Bone loss or osteoporosis
  • Tingling numbness in hands and feet
  • Seizures
  • Erratic menstrual periods
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Mouth sores
Article by
Dr Dev Gangwal

Dr D L Gangwal

Gangwal Homoeopathy Research Hospital

RAJAPARK, JAIPUR

(CELIAC,THYROID & ASTHMA Specialist)

09783653245

www.drgangwal.com

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