Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks ingested gluten, and, by mistake, also attacks the intestinal lining. The damage to the intestines can cause a number of symptoms including:
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea and/or constipation
Celiac disease can also cause nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition. Long term deficiencies of iron, folic acid, and vitamins B12, D, and K can lead to anemia and osteoporosis.
Detecting Celiac Disease
On occasion, most people will experience some form of gastrointestinal distress, but a person with celiac disease will likely experience it on a daily basis. In some cases, the connection between gastrointestinal discomfort and gluten intolerance is missed, and celiac disease may go undetected. Read more