Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease

Celiacs disease is an autoimmune disorder that effects the small intestines.  Celiac DiseaseThis disorder occurs when when people eat gluten.  Gluten is a protein found in breads, and other commercial food fillers.  When the body recognizes this protein it sets of an immune response that attacks the small intestines.  This immune response attacks the small villi that live on the small intestines and assist with absorption.  As these villi become damaged, they are no longer able to absorb nutrients properly into the body.

Celiac is a hereditary disease.

Symptoms of celiacs disease include, but are not limited to general symptoms like anemia and fatigue, behavior and nervous central system issues, gastrointestinal problems, muscular skeletal problems, reproductive issues skin and dental issues, and other autoimmune disorders.

  • Digestive problems (abdominal bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea, pale stools, and weight loss)
  • A severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.
  • Iron deficiency anemia (low blood count)
  • Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain)

Celiacs can develop at any time during ones life span and if left untreated, studies show will lead to acquiring other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers. The only treatment at this time is a gluten-free diet. This means people with Celiacs cannot ingest any food with gluten in it.  There are diets such as the gluten-free diet, more foods and restaurants are also now coming up with gluten free meals.

Here’s a list posted by celiac.org showing other autoimmune diseases that are associated with Celiac

Autoimmune Condition Prevalence in CD Population
Addison’s Disease 5-12%
Autoimmune Thyroid Disease (Graves/Hashimoto’s) 2-7%
Autoimmune Hepatitis 3-6%
Crohn’s Disease 8.5%
Dermatitis Herpetiformis 25%
Gluten Ataxia 10-12%
Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy  5.7%
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis  2.5-7%
Microscopic Colitis  4%
Multiple Sclerosis  11%
Peripheral Neuropathy  9%
Primary Bilary Cirrhosis  3-7%
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis  3%
Psoriasis  4.3%
Scleroderma  4%
Sjögren’s Syndrome  4.5-15%
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus  4%
Ulcerative Colitis  3.6%