In this day and age, medical advances have helped us find and cure some of the diseases our ancestors used to fear but the ones that have truly transcended time would be those that our ancestors passed on to us which are in the form of hereditary diseases. It is a disease that affects the small intestine or rather the villi that help us absorb nutrients into the body. It has many sources but one known fact is it can be genetically passed down from our forefathers and change the way we live our lives.
People who suffer from the symptoms of celiac disease – swollen stomachs, vomiting, tiredness, odorous stools and the possible symptoms of gluten intolerance, usually have difficulty with foods containing gluten which creates so many internal problems since their auto-antibodies are forced to destroy the villi more than they help protect it.
A gluten-free diet is needed to handle this type of disease as it is the only way to fully avoid complications that may occur in advance to the symptoms of food allergies and lactose intolerance occur. The body can become a network of random diseases that may function all at once due to just one internal problem. Celiac disease is usually noticed when symptoms of Crohn’s disease occurs- which is an inflammation of the small intestine that could cause ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome that could be result to the two diseases working together, making it painful for the person.
The main symptoms that are known to give clues to a person with Celiac Disease are:
1. Anemia – a lack of iron in the blood.
2. Weariness or extreme Fatigue – People who suffer from this type of disease are usually drained of energy and suffer tiredness.
3. Arthritis – pains in the bodies joints.
4. Osteoporosis – bone loss.
6. Anxiety – Some people may suffer a different reaction which makes them more anxious than depressed.
7. Numbness in hands and feet
8. Seizures- this is the most dangerous clue of all the symptoms among people with Celiac Disease.
9. Missed menstrual periods.
11. Recurrent miscarriages
12. Canker sores
13. Dermatitis Herpetiformis – An itchy rash on the skin.
All of these are the main symptoms of occur in adults and teenagers alike except for those that are above the age of puberty. The handling of a child is different from an adult because the child can possibly develop even more terminal diseases if not taken care of at an early age compared to an adult who may have a chance by keeping to the gluten-free diet. The only valid treatment for is to uphold a strict gluten-free diet and make sure the person does not indulge in food with a lot of gluten such as wheat, rye or barley. In the case of those with added symptoms of lactose intolerance, they must be careful not to trigger both symptoms of food allergies that are the Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance.