What is Gluten Intolerance? What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (British: Coeliac disease) is a disorder resulting from an immune reaction to gluten. It can affect, genetically, predisposed people of all ages, but often begins in middle infancy. Symptoms include chronic diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue, but in some cases the disorder can be asymptomatic. Celiac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin (a gluten protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats). The inflammation and destruction of the inner lining of the small intestine in celiac disease is caused by an allergic reaction to gluten in the diet. This chronic digestive disorder leads to the malabsorption of minerals and nutrients. There is no cure for celiac disease. The only effective treatment for this disorder is a gluten-free diet. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary, celiac disease is: "a disease occurring in children and adults characterized by sensitivity to gluten, with chronic inflammation and atrophy of the mucosa of the upper small intestine; manifestations include diarrhea, malabsorption, steatorrhea, nutritional and vitamindeficiencies, and failure to thrive, or short stature." Many cereals contain gluten What are the signs and symptoms of celiac disease? A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as a stomachache, while a sign is detected by other people too, such as a rash. Signs and symptoms of celiac disease may range from severe to mild. It is also possible to have celiac disease without any symptoms at all. Many adults with subtle disease only have fatigue and anemia, or may have only vague abdominal discomfort such as bloating, abdominal distension and excess gas. Celiac disease is a permanent disorder and its effects may change from time to time during a person´s lifetime. Subtle symptoms...
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