Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the digestive tract. There is a specific protein found in wheat, barely, and rye that triggers your immune system to attack the small intestine. Your small intestine absorbs fats, proteins, and sugar from the foods you eat and helps provide nutrients that your body needs to effectively operate.
When you eat foods contain any of those ingredients, the immune system attacks the fingerlike projections of tissue called villi. Over time the villi start getting shorter with each immune system response to eating gluten. The shorter the villi are the less surface area there is for your small intestine to be able to absorb nutrients.
Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease Infographic
The signs and symptoms of Celiac disease is not a simple digestive disorder that causes a stomach ache and bloating. Celiac disease has a wide array of signs and symptoms. GlutenDude created this comprehensive list of signs and symptoms of Celiac disease.
GlutenDude created this infographic by surveying over 130 people who are currently living with Celiac disease. The symptoms listed in red were mentioned the most often. If you have any of the signs and symptoms of Celiac disease, you should consult your doctor.
A Simple Blood Test Can Determine if You Have Celiac Disease
Celiac disease can be fairly easy to diagnose. There is a simple blood test that your doctor can order to determine if you have a higher number of a specific antibody. Your body views gluten as a threat. When your doctor orders the blood test, it is important that you continue to eat a diet containing gluten. You want the bloodwork to be as accurate as possible and if you aren’t consuming gluten your results can be skewed.
Further Tests Can Be Performed by a Gastroenterologist
Even if your test results are negative, don’t give up if you still a suspecting of Celiac disease. Your primary care doctor will likely send you to a gastroenterologist for further examination and testing. A gastroenterologist will likely schedule you for an endoscopy on the upper and lower part of your digestive system in order to pinpoint potential problems.
An endoscopy test is usually performed in an outpatient or inpatient setting depending on where your doctor prefers to perform the tests. You will have to clean out your system prior to your scheduled appointment. While it isn’t fun, it is a step needed to determine if you have Celiac disease or something else wrong with your digestive system. You will likely also receive light sedation so that the doctor can perform the test.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the small intestine whenever you consume foods that contain a special protein called gluten. Over time, the villi in your small intestine shorten. Short villi lack the proper surface area to absorb nutrients properly. We found this excellent infographic from GlutenDude that provided an excellent visual outlining all of the signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease.