Celiac disease (commonly understood as a gluten intolerance) can be classified as both a digestive and an autoimmune disorder within the body where the lining of the small intestine is damaged and thus it cannot absorb certain nutrients that are needed to stay healthy. The damage to the small intestine wall occurs from a food allergy to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and some oats.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
- Weight Loss
- Gastric Ulcers
- Parasite Infections
Who Is At Risk For Celiac Disease?
- Those whose family members have had it
- People with Type 1 diabetes, chronic diarrhea, or IBS, infertility or premature bone density
- Individuals who have Turner syndrome or Down syndrome
Treatment For Celiac Disease
It is important to know that even if you go on a strict gluten-free diet, symptoms of celiac disease may persist. But, doctors will still treat and carefully monitor for the intestinal walls for healing. When diet alone is not sufficient, doctors can also prescribe medications such as immune system suppressors and steroids. These things will help with swelling and malabsorption of nutrients in the intestinal wall. And physicians and dieticians will work with you, educate you on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle, along with how to better read food labels, and how to eat out safely.
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