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Celiac Disease

An autoimmune illness that runs in families
What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac is an autoimmune disorder that occurs in response to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

The immune reaction of individuals with Celiac Disease to gluten in the diet sets off a chain of inflammation that can affect their:

  • Digestive Tract

  • Skin

  • Nervous System (Cerebellum)

Who is at risk of getting Celiac?

Celiac Disease runs in families, as do other autoimmune illnesses.  If you have a 1st-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who has Celiac, your chance of developing it is 1 in 10.

 

Celiac Disease can start at any age in response to a diet that is not gluten-free. Undiagnosed Celiac Disease can lead to multiple health problems for both children and adults.

What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

The most common symptoms of Celiac include:

  • Digestive symptoms: bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation.

  • Weight loss 

  • Malnutrition

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Itchy skin rash

  • Neurological symptoms

How can I find out if I have Celiac Disease?

A functional medicine consultation will examine your health history and family history for signs and symptoms that point to Celiac Disease.

Blood testing by a functional medicine doctor to detect the presence of antibodies to the enzymes that break down gluten is often the first step toward diagnosing Celiac Disease.

  • In some cases, additional testing may be necessary.

Concerned you might have Celiac Disease? Dr. Sarah Williams, here in Concord, MA, can help.

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References

Al-Toma A, Volta U, Auricchio R, et al. European Society for the Study of Coeliac Disease (ESsCD) guideline for coeliac disease and other gluten-related disorders. United European Gastroenterol Journal. 2019;7(5):583-613.

 

Celiac.org

https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/gut-rates-celiac-disease-continue-rise-worldwide/