Celiac disease, once thought to be a rare disease, is not so rare after all. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and people with celiac disease have an immune reaction to eating gluten. It is a common genetic disorder affecting more than 2 million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Symptoms of celiac disease vary depending on the person’s age and the damage to the small intestine. Some people may not show signs of celiac disease until they become an adult. However, there are generally 4 common signs of celiac disease.
1. Genetic Indicators
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and people with celiac disease often have relatives who have other diseases where the immune system attacks the body’s healthy cells. Therefore, the connection between these diseases may be genetic.
2. Slower Growth & Development
People with celiac disease may have slower growth and development. They may become malnourished. The reason is due to the fact that their immune system triggers a reaction in the small intestine, which over time creates inflammation that damages the intestine’s lining. When this happens, there is malabsorption of nutrients. It gets to a point that no matter how much a person eats, he is still malnourished because the body is not absorbing the nutrients. Thus, young kids who have celiac disease are often smaller and may develop slower.
3. Stomach Pain & Aches
People with celiac disease often have stomach aches. They may have cramps, stomach pains and throw up frequently after eating foods that contain gluten.
4. Gastrointestinal Issues
People with celiac disease may often have diarrhea. They may also have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). People often find that when they adopt a gluten free diet, the diarrhea goes away and they start to have normal bowl movements.
When dining out, individuals with celiac disease must inform their servers about their condition. Many restaurants offer a gluten-free menu, in addition to the regular menu. However, mistakes can happen, and an individual with celiac disease may be served a dish that has gluten in it. In such instances, the individual may have legal rights against the restaurant for their mistake. For more information about food allergy cases, visit our PA and NJ food allergy lawsuit library.FREE consultations - 877.944.8396
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