What is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder. When people with celiac disease consume foods containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs and the villi of the small intestine become damaged. Without healthy villi the body is unable to absorb nutrients and becomes malnourished. There is no cure for celiac disease, however it can be managed effectively with a gluten-free diet. Studies show that approximately 1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

One of the complications of celiac disease is that its symptoms can easily be confused with other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Celiac disease often causes an individual’s stool to be loose and pale. Those with the disease may experience weight loss or an inability to gain weight. Abdominal pain, cramping and mouth ulcers are additional symptoms of this condition. Because celiac disease can prevent the absorption of some necessary nutrients, anemia, osteoporosis and abnormal bleeding may develop as a result of this condition. Here are possible symptoms of celiac disease.

How is celiac disease treated?

There are no medications available for people with celiac disease to counteract the negative effects that gluten has on their bodies. As of right now, a gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac disease. Products like the Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide, Easy 30 Day Gluten-Free Diet book, Gluten-Free Dining Out Cards and the Gluten-Free Mexican Cookbook make it easier to stick to a gluten-free diet. Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet can counteract the potential long-term effects of the disease, including damage to the small intestine, osteoporosis, intestinal lymphoma and bowel cancer.