Celiac Disease ("Celiac") is an autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the small intestine from ingesting gluten. Gluten is a protein found primarily in wheat, barley, rye and oats. When the small intestines are damaged, their ability to absorb nutrients becomes compromised. Someone with Celiac cannot digest even the smallest amount of gluten - from tiny crumbs to even the smallest trace of gluten.
Celiac is most commonly misconceived as an "allergy", similar to that of a lactose intolerance or allergy to other foods. Due to the severity of Celiac, it's important to understand that an autoimmune disorder is extremely different than an allergy, as there can be actual damage done to the body if gluten is consumed.
Some common symptoms to an undiagnosed Celiac can include (and are not limited to) bloating, diarrhea, gas, fatigue, stomach discomfort, irritability and anemia. Some people who have Celiac Disease may even be asymptomatic.
The only treatment for someone with Celiac is to adhere to a strict, lifelong, gluten-free diet. Sometimes it can take up to several years for the body to fully recover from the time a person stops consuming gluten.
Celiac is most commonly diagnosed using a blood test and followed by an endoscopy, though steps to diagnosis may vary.
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DISCLAIMER: If you think that you or someone you know may be exhibiting signs of Celiac and want to get tested, seek the help of a medical professional. This blog post is a representation of my own research and opinions I have formulated and is in no way intended to provide any diagnosis to anyone.