Celiac Disease Symptoms Makes One Avoid Gluten for Life!
Summary: Celiac disease symptoms should never be ignored. In fact, you can’t ignore them. They will cause pain and discomfort and it is better to avoid gluten to slowly get back to normality. Your intestines need some respite from gluten.
Celiac disease symptoms vary depending on the degree of mal-absorption, and ranges from no symptoms, few or mild symptoms, to severe symptoms. There are two categories of Celiac disease symptoms – a) symptoms due to mal-absorption, and b) symptoms due to malnutrition including vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Celiac disease is a disease of the small intestine where there is an immunological (allergic) reaction within the inner lining of the small intestine to proteins (gluten) that are present in barley, rye, wheat, and, to a lesser extent, in oats. The immunological reaction causes inflammation that destroys the lining of the small intestine. This reduces absorption of dietary nutrients and leads to symptoms of nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies.
Celiac Disease Symptoms: how bad are they?
Symptoms of Celiac Disease of mal-absorption are mainly because of the inadequate absorption of fat and they include malodorous flatulence (foul smelling gas), diarrhea, abdominal bloating, and increased amounts of fat in the stool (steatorrhea). The intestinal villi along with the lactase enzymes on their surface are destroyed in Celiac disease, leading to the mal-absorption of lactose. Unabsorbed lactose passes through the small intestine and into the colon. However, when the bacteria present split the lactose into glucose and galactose, the bacteria also release gas (hydrogen and /or methane). A proportion of the gas is expelled and is responsible for the increased flatus (passing gas) that may occur in celiac disease.
Celiac illness signs of malnutrition and vitamin or mineral deficiencies include fluid retention, osteoporosis, weight loss, anemia, nerve damage, muscle weakness, bruising easily and infertility. There is no cure for Celiac disease. However, you have to take a lot of precaution to get out of the clutches of Celiac disease. The only treatment for the patient is a gluten free diet. Consult dietitians and national celiac disease societies for lists of gluten free foods. Take lots of vitamin and mineral supplements. Avoid oats, milk and milk products and foods containing rye, wheat and barley. Sacrifice beer though you can have low quantities of brandy, whiskey and good wine.
Celiac Disease Symptoms – Medication
Medication must be taken only after consulting the doctor; vitamin preparations, tablets and capsules do contain gluten at times. Intake of processed food should be reduced to bare minimum. In most individuals, a gluten free diet will result in improvements in Celiac disease symptoms within weeks of intake. However, complete normalization of the intestinal villi may take months. It is high time you get yourself treated.