A big question people have been asking lately is, “What is Celiac Disease?” Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which is also categorized as a digestive disorder. When people affected by Celiac disease eat food that contains gluten, their bodies view if it were a pathogen and attacks it (much like a flu virus would be attacked.) The whole process is very irritating to the stomach lining and can create serious long term complications. Some immediate effects of Celiac can be a decreased efficiency in nutrient absorption (nutrient deficiency), as well as other symptoms such as; stomach and abdominal pains, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, depression, headaches, fatigue, and many more.
What causes Celiac Disease?
Doctors don’t know the exact cause of Celiac Disease. However, studies have shown it is more common in people who:
- Have a family member who suffers from Celiac Disease. If a close family member has Celiac Disease there is a 10% chance another family member has it.
- Have a preexisting autoimmune disease. This could include lactose intolerance, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune thyroid or liver disease, Addison’s disease, or Sjogren’s syndrome.
- Have a genetic disorder such as Down syndrome or Turner’s syndrome.
It is believed that about one in every 100 people worldwide are afflicted by Celiac Disease. Furthermore, since it is unknown what exactly causes Celiac Disease and there is no definitive test for it, the amount of people living with Celiac Disease that are not diagnosed or misdiagnosed could be staggering. In America alone it is estimated that 2.5 million Americans are living with Celiac Disease. These people who are not diagnosed could benefit from proper a Gluten Free Diet and are possibly at risk of creating long term health complications. If left untreated or undiagnosed Celiac Disease can lead to number of serious Long-Term Health Conditions.
Treating Celiac Disease
Unfortunately, there is no way to stop Celiac Disease or cure it entirely. However, you can treat and avoid the symptoms of Celiac Disease by following a Gluten Free Diet. Following this diet you remove gluten from your diet and you will be able to avoid symptoms and reverse damage done by Celiac Disease. Luckily we provide plenty of Gluten Free Recipes, Gluten Free Tips, and Resources on this site. Please feel free to look around. Below is a video about what is Celiac Disease and what happens when you eat gluten with Celiac Disease.