Celiac disease is a medical condition that you could have diagnosed with tests from your doctor. About 1% of adults have been diagnosed with this disease. While this may seem like a very low number, it’s estimated that up to 80% of people who have it don’t even know it yet. If everyone was diagnosed, it is likely that number would jump to 5% of adults with this disease.
To detail further, Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition which you can trigger by eating gluten. If you have it, after eating just a trace of gluten, your immune system attacks it as a foreign invader. This results in inflammation and can cause severe damage to your gut lining. Some of the digestive symptoms you could experience include bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Other symptoms can include headache, fatigue, and skin rashes.
Note that long term effects of eating gluten, if you have this disease, can be serious, including:
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Nerve damage
However, Celiac disease aside, you may just have a wheat allergy or are sensitive to gluten. Wheat allergies are another sensitivity that can be diagnosed by your doctor as well. “Non-celiac gluten sensitivity” occurs when you react to gluten, without celiac disease or wheat allergy. It’s estimated that up to 13% of people have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (way more than the 1-5% who have celiac disease).
In summary, if you are experiencing any of the problems above, please consult your doctor as there are specific tests to diagnose Celiac disease, wheat allergies, or gluten sensitivy. Going gluten-free may just be your path to better health!
Looking forward to helping you along your journey: It Is Time To Care About You and Commit To Be Fit – Just For The Health of It!
Sue Zook, Health Coach Sue 4U, Certified Health Coach