Celiac disease: What is it? pictures

    

Many people have seen gluten-free foods, but do not realize who they are for. Celiac disease is a gluten intolerance. This disease can harm your small intestine, and prevent nutrients from being absorbed into the body. Gluten is a protein that is found in rye, barley, and wheat, and is found not only in foods, but also in some vitamins, medicines, and even lip balm. Eating gluten with this disease can damage the villi-the little fingerlike protrusions that line your small intestine-and without these, a person will become malnourished, regardless of how much or what they eat. There are many symptoms of celiac disease, and because of this, it can be hard to diagnose. Some of these symptoms include weight loss, vomiting, stomach pain or bloating, and chronic diarrhea. There are other symptoms, such as fatigue, joint or bone pain, seizures, and depression or anxiety. Some people with this disease have no symptoms at all, but will develop things such as malnutrition, cancer in the intestine, and liver disease. About 1 in 133 people in the US live with this disease, and is more common in those with genetic disorders, such as Turner or Down Syndrome. Because of its varied symptoms, this disease is often mistaken for irritable bowel, anemia, or intestinal infections.? There is no actual treatment for this disease, only eating gluten-free foods. However, this diet does heal damage, lessen symptoms, and stop any further damage. This diet does not have to involve eating bland foods, and there are many delicious recipes available for a gluten-free diet.






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