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Celiac Disease

What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune, genetic disorder rooted in the gastrointestinal system. It can affect both children and adults and can be diagnosed as an infant, or at any time in a child or adult’s life. It is estimated that one of out of 133 people suffers from celiac disease. When a person with celiac disease, ingests gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains, it sets off an autoimmune reaction. This reaction causes destruction to the villi in the small intestine. Once these small finger-like hairs are blunted, atrophied or destroyed, it is difficult to absorb nutrients. Hence, celiac disease, at its essence, is a malabsorption disease, and the myriad of symptoms listed below are primarily the result of lack of nutrients. 

 What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease affects everyone differently. Not all sufferers exhibit symptoms and because there are over 300 documented symptoms, the disease can manifest itself in a diverse manner. As a result, celiac disease remains one of the most undiagnosed diseases to date. It is estimated that as many as 95% of those who have celiac disease remain undiagnosed. Some people exhibit no symptoms at all.  Listed below is an incomplete listing of some of the more typical symptoms, but it should not be considered a complete listing. If you suspect you, or a loved one, is suffering from celiac disease, a simple blood test can determine if you are at risk. 

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Recurring abdominal bloating and pain
  • Chronic diarrhea/constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Liver and biliary tract
  • Weight loss
  • Pale, foul-smelling stool
  • Iron-deficiency anemia that does not respond to iron therapy
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive or short stature
  • Delayed puberty
  • Pain in the joints
  • Tingling numbness in the legs
  • Pale sores inside the mouth
  • A skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)
  • Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
  • Unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriage
  • Osteopenia (mild) or osteoporosis (more serious bone density problem)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression
*From The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (





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