Celiac Disease: What You Need to Know
Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Did You Know? 83% of Americans are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed
1 in 133 Americans Have Celiac Disease
Not All Celiac Disease Suffers Have Symptoms
An estimated 1% of the U.S. population has Celiac Disease; however, a majority of the population is unfamiliar with the cause, symptoms and possible complications.
This guide is intended to help inform patients on what Celiac Disease is — signs and symptoms, complications and treatment options.
01 | What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is a hereditary autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damages the villi of the small intestine, interfering with proper absorption of food which leads to malnutrition. Celiac Disease is caused when the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten which leads to difficulty in digesting food.
02 | Signs and Symptoms
Celiac Disease has a vast number of symptoms that can affect disease sufferers differently. General signs and symptoms are:
- Joint pain
- Depression or anxiety
- Canker sores inside the mouth
- Skin rash
03 | Complications
Celiac Disease, if left untreated, can lead to many complications including the development of other autoimmune diseases and certain cancers.
Additional complications include:
- Lactose Intolerance
- Gall bladder failure
- Nervous system disorders
- Epileptic seizures
04 | Treatment
Currently, the best treatment option is to eliminate gluten from your diet. There are also other treatment options and medications available. Speak with your medical provider to establish a roadmap for care.
For additional resources and information on Celiac Disease, please visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/basics/definition/con-20030410