About Celiac Disease (also Coeliac Disease)
Celiac Disease, or Coeliac Disease in the United Kingdom, is an Inherited condition and is caused by an AutoImmune Reaction to eating Gluten. Celiac Disease is extremely common, affecting approximately 1 in 133 people. Most people with Celiac Disease (97%) do not know they have it.
Gluten is found in:
Matza / Matzo / Matzah
When Gluten is eaten, an Immune Response is triggered and causes damage in the Small Intestine.
Damage to the Small Intestine can reduce its ability to absorb Nutrients and Vitamins
and lead to further illness.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Symptoms of Celiac Disease can include any or all of the following recurrent symptoms (although some persons may be Asymptomatic
Fatigue / Tiredness
Hair Loss (Alopecia)
Infertility and/or Miscarriages
Joint Pain / Bone Pain
Rash (Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Stools that are Bloody
, Fatty, Float, and/or Foul Smelling
Stomach Bloating, Cramping, and/or Pain
Tooth Enamel Loss
Ulcers in the Mouth
Vitamin Deficiencies (especially Folic Acid, Iron, Vitamin B12)
Celiac Disease is Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Persons with Celiac Disease have an increased likelihood of a certain type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
called Lymphocytic Colitis
Persons who still have symptoms while adhering to the Gluten Free diet should be screened for a possible Lymphocytic Colitis diagnosis.
Celiac Disease and Other Conditions
Celiac Disease can correlate with and increased likelihood of other conditions, some may be caused by Malabsorption and Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
secondary to Celiac Disease.
Alopecia Areata, a type of nonscarring hair loss, may correlate with Celiac Disease. Although the number of studies are few, persons suffering from Alopecia Areata often see complete regrowth of hair when put on a Gluten Free diet.
Chronic Liver Disease, Elevated Liver Enzymes
Abnormal liver function and Liver Disease may correlate with Celiac Disease in some patients. Even in Asymptomatic Celiac Disease, the addition of a Gluten Free diet normalized Liver Function Tests in some patients.
The enzyme that breaks down the milk sugar called Lactose
is made in a part of the intestine damaged by Gluten intake in persons with Celiac Disease. As a result, Celiac Disease (especially in those not on a strict Gluten-free diet) can also cause Lactose intolerance.
non Hodgkin Lymphoma
Persons with Celiac Disease have an increased likelihood of Psoriasis
. Some patients see improvement of Psoriasis symptoms with a Gluten Free Diet, although it may take 3 - 6 months before improvement is seen in the absence of concurrent pharmacological therapies.
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