Have you ever thought anyone could die from just eating bread? Well some people can and the reason why is called Celiac Disease, My Interest in Celiac started back in 2006 when my mother was first diagnosed with the disease. She was having a continual weight loss, developed a thyroid problem requiring medication then was diagnosed with lymphoma and Osteoporosis. The gastroenterologist she was seeing didn't think she had Celiac disease but she insisted on having an endoscopy. He was embarrassed when it came back positive. Prior to this I knew nothing about this disease. it just goes to show that many people might have celiac and may have never been properly diagnosed. So I will go over what celiac is defined as, the symptoms followed by the testing procedures and finally the treatment.
So What is Celiac Disease:
According to The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website ( CeliacCentral.org ), "celiac disease is an "autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten."
The Mayo Clinic web site(Mayoclinic.com): States that " Celiac (SEE-lee-ak) disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is primarily found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, causing damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients. "
Now that you know what celiac is let's take a look at some of the Symptoms of it.
According to the Gluten Intolerance Group, (GIG) Education Bulletin, Dated April 2009 "the Classic symptoms include: diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, bone pain and muscle cramps. Other...