Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive processes in the small intestine. The symptoms of celiac vary widely and sometimes there are no symptoms at all, making it a challenge to diagnose. Common symptoms in children tend to be digestive in nature, including diarrhea and vomiting, fatty stools, constipation, and abdominal bloating. Adults are more likely to exhibit symptoms like anemia, fatigue, depression, joint pain and arthritis, skin rashes, and infertility.
Weight loss and malnutrition might seem like the obvious signs of malabsorption, your body’s inability to absorb certain nutrients or properly digest certain types of foods. But did you know that even jaundice and diabetes may develop from certain malabsorption syndromes? Gas, bloating, greasy stools, abdominal pain, and diarrhea are all common symptoms of malabsorption. With underlying causes ranging from lactose intolerance and celiac disease to pancreatic infections, liver disease, crohn's disease and even HIV or AIDS you need to be alert to the symptoms so you can get medical help in time.
Family history, specific genetic mutations, and other autoimmune disorders make you more likely to have the disease. Childhood illness, the age at which gluten was introduced in your diet, and how long you were breastfed matter too. Knowing what causes celiac disease and whether you are at high risk can help you get screened early.
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