National Celiac Disease Awareness Day (Sept. 13)

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Celiac disease is also known as:

Gluten is a protein found in foods made with wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. It is also found in oats that have been made in processing plants that handle other grains. Gluten can even be found in some medicines, vitamins, and lipsticks. Gluten intolerance, also known as gluten sensitivity, is characterized by the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people with gluten intolerance have a mild sensitivity to gluten, while others have celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder.

In celiac disease, the immune response to gluten creates toxins that destroy the villi. Villi are tiny finger-like protrusions inside the small intestines. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients from food. This can lead to malnutrition and other serious health complications, including permanent intestinal damage.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, about 1 in 141 Americans has celiac disease. People with celiac disease need to eliminate all forms of gluten from their diet. This includes most bread products, baked goods, beer, and foods where gluten may be used as a stabilizing ingredient.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Celiac disease symptoms usually involve the intestines and digestive system, but they can also affect other parts of the body. Children and adults tend to have a different set of symptoms.

Celiac disease symptoms in children

Children with celiac disease can feel tired and irritable. They may also be smaller than normal and have delayed puberty. Other common symptoms include:

Capitol Gastro Specialists

The gastroenterologists of Capitol Gastro specialize in diagnosing, treating, and helping our patients control gastrointestinal problems like celiac disease. Our medical staff is committed to giving you the optimal care you need. We have 5 clinics in central Texas you can call or visit to help you with your needs. We are here for you and look forward to speaking soon! Call us at 512-593-6022!

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Melody Masterson

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