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CELIAC DISEASE

 

What is Celiac Disease?

 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine.  The gluten causes an immune response so the body attacks the small intestine villi.  When the villi get damaged nutrients cannot be absorbed properly.

 

What causes Celiac Disease?

 

 If you have someone in your family that has Celiac Disease you have a 1 in 10 chance of developing celiac disease.  Stressful medical events such as a viral infection or surgery can trigger it as can an emotional trauma or pregnancy.

 

Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

 

The symptoms of celiac disease are similar to many digestive disorders.  Some of the symptoms include;

 

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Cramping

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Other symptoms: fatigue, joint pain, skin rash, headaches, depression, tingling and numbness in extremities, mouth sores, irritability, delayed growth, thin bones or osteoporosis.

 

 

How is celiac disease treated?

 

There are no medications to treat celiac disease.  The only way to treat celiac disease is to follow a gluten free diet.

 

How can I help?

 

I can help you follow a gluten free diet and manage symptoms and restore gut resilience.