Celiac Sprue (or Celiac disease) causes you to be allergic or sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oat products. When the digestive track is exposed to gluten it causes damage, and over time this damage inhibits nutrient absorption. Celiac is considered an autoimmune disease; in other words, your body is fighting against itself and damages the small intestine, where the most nutrient absorption takes place. The consequences, including malnutrition and neurological issues, can be quite severe. It is important to speak to your doctor if you are having any symptoms that could be indicative of Celiac.
Celiac is also considered genetic, but the onset can vary significantly from infancy to old age. Infants and children with celiac tend to experience bloating, failure to thrive, and even delayed puberty. It is unclear what signals the onset of the disease.
Symptoms In Adults
- Frequent bloating and pain in the abdomen
- Chronic diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Bone pain
- Behavior changes
- Muscle cramps
- Tingling or numbness in legs
The primary treatment for Celiac is to eliminate gluten in your diet. Recently, that is becoming easier due to the increased number of products on the market. You should not eliminate gluten without being under a doctor’s supervision since a gluten free diet is restrictive of some essential nutrients and supplements are necessary. Make an appointment with one of our GI professionals today.