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Celiac Disease Basics by anamaulida


									Celiac disease is when the body absorbs undigested proteins that could
damage the intestinal lining by gluten proteins. "Gluten is the protein
in wheat, rye, and barley."A celiac patient needs to have a gluten free
diet; gluten needs to be eliminated to avoid creating holes in the
intestinal walls so that food allergies, toxins from many food dyes,
preservatives, and artificial flavors would not be able to enter the
bloodstream. Pathogens like bacteria, worms, fungus and viruses can
invade the organs if a strict celiac diet would not be followed.One in
around one hundred have celiac disease. Many could have the disease
witout having celiac symptoms. People with celiac disease experience
symptoms like cancer, epilepsy, attention deficit disorders, chronic
fatigue, malnutrition and other varying symptoms like emotional stress.
It could also include bloating, malnutrition, gatric upsets, diarhea,
fatty stools and vomiting.Celiac SprueCeliac Sprue is also a form of
celiac disease; it is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the
digestive system. The intolerance for gluten leads to intestinal damage
due to inflammation. Celiac sprue can be diminished when a patient
follows a strict diet so that gastric cancers and pernicious anemia can
be avoided.Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH)Dermatitis Herpetiformis is a
skin disorder associated with gluten hypersensitivity. It attacks the
skin like inflammation. It is characterized by blistering, excoriations
and urticarial plaques. The typical place where lesions can be found is
in prominently bony areas like the back, knees, elbows and buttocks. This
condition is severely itchy. An estimated 15- 25 patients with celiac
disease are likely to develop DH.Crohn's Disease Is a gastro intestinal
inflammation that affects the small intestines. This condition triggers
abdominal pain; it could also manifest bloody stools, vomiting,
dehydration and weight loss.Sufferers experience severe mal absorption
and diseases related t vitamin and mineral deficiency such as
osteoporosis, scurvy, anemia and rickets in children. Common treatment
would often include a complete dose of antibiotic treatments to fight off
potentially dangerous infections.Celiac Disease in ChildrenCeliac disease
symptoms manifest within three to five months after the first intake. A
child suffering from celiac will thrive until gluten is introduced into
the diet; after that the child will refuse to be fed and would start
losing weight. A child will exhibit symptoms like irritability and would
develop a large abdomen. Stools would become abnormal and would be loose-
like diarrhea.Symptoms to Expect.Inability to concentrate in children,
difficulty with mental alertness, it could also include mood swings and
depression that could also be experienced by teens.Products like barley,
rye and oats should be avoided. While fruits, grilled meats, vegetables,
salads, eggs and potatoes can be staple choices for a person who is
suffering from celiac.

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