How to Diagnose Celiac Disease
Permanent gluten intolerance , known as celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in an area close to the small intestine which increases every time you consume gliadin, a vegetable protein in various grains such as wheat, spelt or kamut. Celiacs present different symptoms each time they eat food with gluten, showing an intense discomfort that may actually cause malnutrition and affect the proper development and growth for young children. If you suspect that you or someone close to you has this condition, on OneHowTo.com we explain how to know if you are celiac explaining the symptoms of this disease.
Celiac disease occurs in people who have a genetic predisposition to be gluten intolerant, so it is common for this condition to often be directly transferred to another relative. It can occur at any age, from early childhood to adulthood.
Being celiac is not the same as being allergic to gluten, as it is a different condition with different symptoms.
One of the first symptoms characterizing celiac disease is pain and abdominal discomfort, accompanied by swelling in the belly, two typical features related to digestion disorders.
Celiacs are unable to digest gluten properly - often they have diarrhoea when they ingest this protein, so their bowel movements are usually liquid and frequent. Sometimes vomiting also occurs.
Weight loss is another important signal that, together with the above symptoms may indicate that you are celiac. In the case of children, stunted growth due to malnutrition associated with this condition is also present.
Mood swings are another sign that may indicate that you are celiac. Irritability, depression and sudden changes in mood are also symptoms of this condition due to the discomfort caused by untreated symptoms.
Chronic fatigue is another symptom of celiac disease, because due to nutritional problems resulting from this condition the patient does not have the energy to face the day in the best way.
Because celiac disease leads to loss of villi (small protrusions in the lining of the small intestine), many of the nutrients we eat may not be absorbed properly. Celiacs therefore often have deficiencies of vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron, which can lead to iron deficiency anaemia.
Other signals that may indicate you are celiac are:
- Lack of appetite
- Muscle cramps
- Delayed onset of the first period in the case of pre teen girls
- Fertility problems or recurrent miscarriages
If you present several of these symptoms it is very important to see your doctor and undergo the medical tests that help diagnose celiac disease.
There is a treatment for Celiac disease that helps the patient regain villi in the small intestine, dramatically improving health and eliminating all symptoms. But this is only possible by completely eliminating gluten from the diet which can mean radical changes in the type of food you eat.
Always remember that for any final and proper diagnosis you should consult a medical professional.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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