Celiac disease is one of the most severe forms of gluten intolerance as it is a more systemic response to gluten which includes the immune system and can trigger a lot of other problems, some of them which can be fatal. The following is a list of the main problems you can come to expect if you don’t take celiac disease seriously and don’t immediately cease the ingestion of gluten.
Because the celiac disease acts at the level of the bowels and the digestive tract impeding the normal cycle of digestion, malnutrition is one of the most common problems that occur. The body is no longer able to receive the nutrients it requires and it is not only the gluten that doesn’t get absorbed it’s also other proteins, fats, carbohydrates and other microelements and vitamins. Therefore, the body is basically depleted of most of its essential nutrients, without which the body progressively shuts down, which can ultimately lead to death.
Bone structure decay
A consequence of malnutrition is the loss of bone tissue. The bones start losing their integrity, their calcium and become frailer. The celiac disease is sometimes diagnosed by mistake when an individual breaks a leg or another bone and that bone doesn’t mend or takes a lot of time to get back to normal.
The celiac disease is very adept at making your immune system prone to consider many other foods as being a threat, and one of the first associated intolerances is lactose intolerance. The problem is that in time, left untreated, the body will begin to attack other normal nutrients and finally it will trigger an attack on the actual tissues of the body, namely those of the intestine but also of the teguments and other external, unrelated tissues.
The constant assault on the intestines can lead the celiac disease to trigger many types of cancers, which are a serious threat if left undiagnosed, as they tend to become inoperable after a period. The most usual types of cancer associated with celiac disease are intestinal lymphoma and bowel cancer.
Psychological and neurological issues
Seizures, nerve damage which makes certain parts of the body feel tingly or sore and also psychological changes can be expected due to celiac disease being left untreated. It is therefore very important to make sure that if any of these symptoms occur, they are treated seriously and the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated and not only the individual symptoms.
Especially when it comes to children, the celiac disease can also trigger more serious developmental problems, stalling, and even retardation. Also, the child might not develop normally, he might not develop his glandular system or his gonads, which means that as an adult he or she will be sterile, unable to procreate. Therefore, the symptoms of celiac disease cannot be taken lightly, they have to be addressed medically and at all cost, all gluten be excluded from the alimentation of that particular individual.