Signs and the symptoms of celiac disease may vary from one person to another, depending on the degree of mal-absorption. It ranges from the absence of symptoms, fewer or mild signs, up to the severe sign and symptoms.
2 categories of signs and symptoms:
1. The signs and symptoms with regards to mal-absorption.
2. Signs and symptoms owing from malnutrition that includes with mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Signs and symptoms of mal-absorption
Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are the three main categories of the dietary nutrients. Combinations of these three nutrients are condensed in the celiac disease, though; fats are the most nutrient that are usually and severely affected.
Mostly from the gastrointestinal signs and symptoms of the celiac disease was because of the poor absorption of the fats. These are various gastrointestinal symptoms from the fat mal-absorption: diarrhea; foul-smelling gas; abdominal bloats; and the increasing amount of fats to the stools.
The fats that are not absorbed will be busted by the intestinal bacteria to be formed to fatty acids. The fatty acids will then encourage secretions of waters in the intestine which results to diarrhea. The fatty stools are usually huge in volume, foul smelling, light grey or light tan colored, greasy, and it tends to drift on the restroom bowl. Oil drops are usually seen hovering over the water.
Signs and symptoms of malnutrition with vitamins or minerals deficiencies
Weight loss – this is a direct result from insufficient absorption of the carbohydrates, fats and proteins. On the other hand, weight loss might not constantly happen since the patients by celiac disease frequently has huge appetites that gives back for the condensed absorption of the nutrients.
In addition, weight loss may also be shrouded by the fluid retention, it happens in the advanced malnutrition as the condensed absorption of proteins can result to a low protein level of the blood.
High protein level of the blood was required to maintain fluids from pouring out of the blood vessel and to the tissues of the body. Once the blood protein level falls like in celiac disease, the fluids will pour out to many tissues which cause edema.
Anemia – it lacks from the absorption of vitamins B12 and iron.
Osteoporosis – It lacks from the interest of vitamin D along with calcium.
Easy bruising – it lacks from the absorption of vitamin K that leads to a diminishing ability of the blood for clotting so it is easy to get bruised.
Infertility – if celiac disease is untreated, it will cause infertility for women, lack of menstruation, lower birth weight for infants and impulsive abortions.
Muscle weaknesses – this is resulting from lack of absorption and lower levels of the potassium along with magnesium that leads to a severe weakness of the muscle, numbness and tingling feelings to the arms and legs, as well as muscle cramps.
The Latent and Silent Celiac Disease
Latent and the silent celiac diseases was referred to the patients which inherits the genes that inclined them to the celiac disease though they do not yet develops the signs or symptoms of the disease.