I Just Got Diagnosed with Celiac Disease. What is it?
"Celiac Disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications." (Celiac Disease Foundation)
So What Does that Mean?
Celiac Disease occurs when a person eats anything with gluten in it. This gluten interacts with their body and causes them to have diarrhea or other stomach issues such as bloating, gas, or discomfort. This interaction damages their body which can lead to larger complications down the road.
What is Gluten?
It is a protein found in bread that is responsible for the elasticity and flexibility of dough.
Celiac Disease can develop at any point in a person's life. You can be born with it, or you can have it develop over time, but it is often times not noticed in children or young adults until complications arise when they get older. Make sure to see your doctor if you think you may have Celiac Disease.
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Common Symptoms of Celiac Disease
A proper diagnosis of Celiac Disease occurs after blood test and consultation from a trained physician. Make sure to go see your doctor if you think you have Celiac Disease.
- Anemia - An iron deficiency in the blood. Anemia can be diagnosed with a simple blood test and causes fatigue and dizziness.
- Fatigue - Feeling tired and lethargic throughout the day.
- Osteoporosis - The brittling of the bones which causes them to break more easily than normal. If you think you have Osteoporosis consult your physician and get a DEXA scan.
- Arthritis and Bone/Joint Pain - Inflammation from overuse in joints. This causes pain and discomfort.
- Diarrhea - Gluten reaction damages the intestine causing stomach aches and loose stools.
- Gas and Bloating - along with diarrhea, the gluten reaction in the body creates more gas than normal with a sensitive stomach and bloating.
What Can I do About Celiac Disease?
The best treatment for Celiac Disease is a gluten free diet. The absence of gluten in your everyday diet will help with the treatment of symptoms, as well as making your everyday and quality of life better.
Here at Ama's Gluten Free foods, we are aware of the impact that Celiac Disease has on our community, and work with our customers to establish a gluten free and delicious flatbread that is Celiac approved. All of our products are free of gluten and we take our customer's dietary restrictions very seriously. Celiac Disease impacts many people all over, and bringing awareness to the disease is something our company is passionate about. We want to be a friend in the Celiac community and a friend to gluten free people.
If you have any questions about our products or about Celiac Disease, please do not hesitate and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Celiac Disease Foundation. (2018). What is Celiac Disease? Retrieved from https://celiac.org/celiac-disease/understanding-celiac-disease-2/what-is-celiac-disease/
Mayo Clinic. (2018, March 06). Celiac disease. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352220?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=abstract&utm_content=Celiac-disease&utm_campaign=Knowledge-panel