What Is Celiac Disease?

What is Celiac Disease?

  • other names – nontopical sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, celiac sprue
  • autoimmune disease
  • genetic disease – HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes
  • categorized by flattening of the villi in the small intestine
  • malabsorption of nutrients caused by an inability to digest gluten

What is gluten?

  • the protein found in wheat, barley,  rye, spelt, kamut, triticale grains and contaminated oats
  • the derivative of gluten is gliadin
  • a blinder
  • gives dough elasticity, helps it rise and give it shape

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

  • abdominal pain or cramping
  • acid reflux
  • Addison’s disease
  • anemia
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • bloating
  • Bone Disease
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • depression
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea
  • eczema
  • endometriosis
  • epilepsy
  • fatigue
  • gas
  • hairloss
  • headaches
  • infertility
  • IBS
  • irritability
  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • Lymphoma
  • malnutrition
  • menstruation, abnormalities in
  • migraines
  • miscarriage
  • mucus, excessive
  • psoriasis
  • puffiness to face and/or body
  • schizophrenia
  • sinus infections
  • Sjogren’s  Syndrome
  • stomach pain and/or cramping
  • Thyroid Disease
  • weakness
  • weight gain 0r loss

Diagnosis

Blood Testing

  • immuglobin A (IgA)
  • anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
  • IgA anti-endmysium antibodies (AEA)

Biopsy

  • endoscope of the small intestine

Improvement upon maintaining a gluten free diet.

Treatment

  • gluten free diet
  • digestive enzymes
  • acupuncture treatments
  • Traditional Chinese herbal treatments
  • Medicinal Grade Teas for digestive support
  • avoiding other trigger foods (egg, caffeine, corn, dairy, soy…)

Statistics/Info

  • 1 in 133 are diagnosed with Celiac Disease
  • 1 in 22, prevalence in patients with a first degree relative with Celiac.
  • Higher prevelance in those of northwestern European ancestry.
  • Twice as many women are effected as men.
  • Takes an average of 4 to 10 years to diagnose properly.
  • Over 300 known symptoms, but may show none at all.
  • Breast feeding may delay onset.


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