What is Celiac Disease and Who is Affected?

If you’ve found yourself looking at this blog, you might have been hearing or reading quite a bit about Celiac Disease lately.

Is it a new disease? What is it and why is everyone talking about it?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to go into attack mode when one ingests gluten. This response forces the body to attack the small intestine, which in turn causes damage to the villi causing improper digestion of nutrients.  Not only does gluten contribute to the destruction of intestinal villi, it also causes a wide range of symptoms from brain fog to tingling feet that can make everyday life hard for those that suffer from it.

Celiac disease is not something new; it has been around for over 2000 years and there is no cure for it. Celiac disease affects both children and adults all around the world, and the only treatment for it is to adhere to a strict gluten free diet.

Due to the nature of the disease itself, it can take several years to get a proper diagnosis. In someone suffering from Celiac disease, ingesting gluten causes many symptoms including: fatigue, bloating, irritability, joint pain, stomach pain, migraines, brain fog and more.

The good news is that not everyone who experiences gluten-related symptoms has Celiac Disease, however, if you are suffering from the symptoms mentioned above, it is highly probable that you at least have a ‘gluten sensitivity’. To learn more about Celiac Disease visit Celiac.org.

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