Celiac Disease Essay

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Celiac Disease Chrissy Cassill Celiac Disease Introduction I became interested in celiac disease because I was diagnosed with in December 2012. Celiac disease is a disease that is very common, but a lot of people do not know about it. Celiac Disease affects people in different ways. There are several symptoms and they vary from child to adults and they also vary on the age as well. TOPIC Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interfaces with absorption of nutrients from food (Celiac Disease, 2013). It damages the small intestine and interfaces with absorption of nutrients from food. The foods that effect people the most are foods that have gluten, protein in wheat, rye, and barley. When people eat foods that contain gluten, protein in wheat, rye, and barley, their immune system responds by damaging the villi (the tiny fingerlike protrusions line the small intestine); it takes time to heal the villi (Celiac Disease, 2012). RESEARCH Symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person. Some of the symptoms in child include abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, weight loss, and abnormal stools. In adults it’s even more different, the symptoms for adults include unexplained iron deficiency (anemia), fatigue, bone or joint pain, arthritis, bone loss, depression or anxiety, tingling numbness in the hands and feet, seizures, missed menstrual periods, infertility or recurring miscarriages, canker sores in the mouth, and an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis (Celiac Disease, 2012). Some people do not show any symptoms when they have celiac disease. There are several tests that doctors can do to diagnose a person to find out if they have celiac disease. The most common tests are blood tests, intestinal biopsy, and dermatitis herpetiformis. Celiac disease is really

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