14 Symptoms Of Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an immunological response to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Eating gluten causes an immunological reaction in the small intestine if you have celiac disease. This reaction, over time, destroys the lining of your small intestine and stops it from absorbing some nutrients (malabsorption). Diarrhea, lethargy, weight loss, bloating, and anemia are common symptoms of intestinal injury, which can progress to significant consequences. Malabsorption can impact growth and development in kids, and can also cause the symptoms noticed in adults. Although there is no cure for celiac disease, adopting a strict gluten-free diet can help manage symptoms and promote intestinal repair in most people.

Read on to find out if the symptoms you’re experiencing point to celiac disease!

1. Bloating

Bloating and distension in the abdomen are two of the most commonly reported gastrointestinal symptoms, affecting persons with a wide range of underlying medical and surgical conditions. Nearly 40% of the general population experiences these symptoms, and the rate is significantly greater among those diagnosed with additional functional gastrointestinal diseases, such as functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and functional constipation. Individuals with persistent and moderate to severe symptoms indicate that their activity level and quality of life are significantly impacted.

Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and sensitivity to carbohydrates and other food categories are the two most prominent causes in this category. Both conditions can promote excessive bacterial growth, carbohydrate fermentation, and, as a result, gas generation, causing the digestive tract to stretch and distend. According to a recent study, over 20% of the general population suffers from some sort of food intolerance. Celiac disease, pancreatic insufficiency, prior gastroesophageal surgery (such as fundoplication or bariatric procedures), gastric outlet obstruction, gastroparesis, ascites, gastrointestinal or gynecologic malignancy, hypothyroidism, adiposity, small intestine diverticulosis, and chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction are all organic disorders that can cause bloating and distension.