The best case scenario involving the onset of celiac disease symptoms is that the consumption of gluten is discontinued immediately. However, in practice that might not be the case, on one hand because the individual might not know which foods to avoid and on the other, because even if information is available, the individual might not be able to procure gluten free foods that easily.
Even a more remote and less probable set of occurrences can lead to an individual being unable to eat gluten free foods, but, no matter what these underlying reasons might be, it is good to know how much time can you actually consume gluten rich foods until the celiac disease symptoms kick in and create issues for you.
So, let’s first look at what happens in the body of a celiac disease sufferer when he or she is exposed to the protein. On one hand, the first system that is seriously perturbed is the digestive tract. Depending on the severity of the celiac disease symptoms one can expect to feel no pain and no nausea, but the foods ingested will simply pass through the digestive tract without being metabolized. Thus, the stool will contain large amounts of fats, and will have a very pungent smell, due to the fact that they contain a lot of undigested matter, other than what is common in these cases.
Further on, in a matter of days or longer, depending on the severity of the celiac disease symptoms the individual will most likely experience hunger even after he has just eaten and feels full. The second phase of the celiac disorder has kicked in, which is characterized by constant hunger due to an inability of the digestive tract to actually metabolize the foods ingested.
This stage is commonly coupled with an increased irritability, sores at the level of the joints and tingling in the extremities due to nerve damage which at this time will most likely must have settled as well. The celiac disease symptoms at this moment should alarm any individual and a visit to the physician is most definitely required.
Continuing to consume gluten rich foods at this point can trigger an alarming number of other problems, among which the most severe are the onset of auto immune responses, cognitive problems and an increased chance of developing cancer at the level of the digestive tract. Continuing consumption at this period, if the malnutrition has not manage to actually make the person unable to move is a sure road to death, as the body attacks itself which can lead to internal bleeding, ruptures of the intestine and other such grave medical issues.
So, if you absolutely must consume gluten, do it in the smallest possible quantities and stop, even if it means that you will not eat anything else. Besides, the food is not metabolized after a while so not eating is actually much safer as it at least allows you to keep your current health state.