Celiac Disease is a condition that is initiated by an allergic reaction to gluten. Both children and adults can be affected by and everyday products that contain the protein include pizza crust, bread, pasta and cereals.
Sadly there is no medical treatment for Celiac Disease, however, by following a gluten free diet it can be kept under control and celiac symptoms kept at bay. If left with no treatment, sufferers who consume foods with gluten will suffer many side effects and cause damage to the inner lining of the intestine over time.
Also referred to as Celiac Sprue or Gluten Sensitive Enteropathy, the disorder, if left untreated will cause malnutrition as the disease attacks the intestine causing such damage that the intestine cannot absorb important vitamins and minerals. This is visibly high in adolescents who suffer from Celiac.
Foul smelling stools are standard a tell tale sign you may be a sufferer and other signs and symptoms can include fatigue, severe abdominal pains, diarrhoea, weight loss and anaemia. Due to all these every day symptoms the disease, quite often, is overlooked.
The root cause of Celiac Disease is still unknown, and it can be triggered at any time of your life and certain reasons such as a physical injury, pregnancy or trauma can cause the disease. Often inherited, if a member of the family has the disease then you have five to 15 % chance of also sufferering from it.
A good substitute for gluten rich foods are poultry and fish, fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and dairy products and replace wheat products with rice and potatoes. Your dietician or doctor will be able to help you with a satisfying, yet tasty menu cutting out all gluten.
Gluten free products can now be found in high street shops, however, high street supermarkets don’t stock a huge range. Visit your local health shop where they can give good advice and stock a large variety of gluten free products.
If you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease then it’s important to stick to a gluten free diet. Your intestine will gradually repair itself but any lapse in the diet will cause further damage and side effects.
Celiac Disease must be taken care of from the onset to avoid lasting damage to the intestine, and whether you are young or old, female or male, Celiac Disease can cause sufferers a lot of pain and distress.