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Living With Celiac Disease

Senior woman being checked for Celiac DiseaseCeliac disease is an overreaction of the immune system some people have to foods that contain gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Ingesting gluten when you have this disease can damage the insides of your small intestine. The experts at RedRiver Health and Wellness Center add that you would not be able to absorb nutrients from your food properly. In Utah, celiac disease treatments focus on diet and balanced nutrition.

Complications Caused By Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, when not properly treated, can lead to other more serious health problems such as anemia, osteoporosis, bloating, even raise your risk of lymphoma, and malnutrition. It can also cause reproductive issues due to a deficiency in vitamin D and may even lead to cancer. Lactose intolerance is also a known side effect of celiac disease.

In children, this disease can affect their growth and development. It can also weaken their bones. If you notice anything out of the ordinary such as your child feeling weak and tired, losing a lot of weight, and experiencing diarrhea frequently, you should see a doctor immediately to have your child tested.


Some people experience only mild symptoms of celiac disease while others would vomit after eating gluten which is more likely to happen in children. The more common symptoms of this disease are: bloating, diarrhea, anemia, unexplained headaches, fatigue, and weakness. This disease could also lead to osteoporosis, dermatitis herpetiformis, and weight loss.

Cause and Risk Factors

The exact cause of celiac disease remains unknown, but it is believed that genes play an important role. If a close family member has this disease, it is highly likely that you will also get celiac disease. Also, your risk factor increases if you have type 1 diabetes, down syndrome, autoimmune thyroid disease, lymphocytic, Addison’s disease, or rheumatoid arthritis.

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In Utah alone, there are a lot of people suffering from this disease, but there are no known permanent celiac disease treatments other than living a strict gluten-free diet. However, to address nutrient and vitamin deficiencies caused by celiac disease, you can take vitamins and dietary supplements. Only make sure that they are gluten-free.

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