Coeliac Disease Symptoms – Facts

Coeliac

Coeliac Disease Symptoms – In the small intestines are villi, tiny hair like objects that project from the intestine wall.  Because the villi are responsible for absorbing fluids and nutrients, they perform a very, very important task.  When the villi do not perform their job, the body cannot get all the essential nutrients it needs.

Coeliac is a condition in which the villi are damaged by gluten, the protein portion of grain.  For most people, gluten is a harmless, healthy protein that causes no special problem, but for those afflicted with celiac, the gluten damages the villi for reasons still unknown.

Coeliac Symptoms

The symptoms of coeliac disease may include constipation, diarrhea, or stools that are pale, greasy, bulky, or especially odorous.  In addition, the following physical disorders may derive as symptoms of celiac disease:

  • Weakness
  • Weight Loss
  • Poor appetite
  • Protruding abdomen
  • Scaly skin
  • Cramps and spasms
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Vomiting
  • Osteomalacia
  • Obesity
  • Bone pain
  • Very pale skin color

Diagnosing Coeliac Disease Symptoms

An accurate diagnosis of coeliac disease should be made only by a qualified professional.  The process involves examining a minute specimen from the surface of the small intestine.  If the specimen shows damage to the villi, then coeliac disease is assumed to be the cause, and the treatment should begin immediately.  People who suffer from celiac having a high risk of getting cancer of the gastrointestinal tract.

Foods to Avoid

Understandably, if you suffer from coeliac, you must avoid any grains or foods containing gluten including; wheat, barley, malt, rye and oats.

Be especially careful to avoid foods prepared in Chinese restaurants, where some foods can contain a type of wheat gluten called “seitan.”  Rice and corn contain no gluten.  Some people who suffer from coeliac disease cannot handle milk products well.

Supplementation Program for Coeliac Disease

Supplements Suggestion

Vitamin A                                Vitamin E                    Magnesium

Vitamin B Complex                 Vitamin C                    Betaine HCL

Vitamin D                                Folate                          Digestive enzymes

Vitamin K                                Iron

Vitamin B12                            Calcium

Also of Interest

Studies show that more children who were breast-fed were able to tolerate gluten.  Apparently, the reason lies in the fact that grain is introduced into the diets of breast-fed children much later.

Celiac disease may often be the cause of diarrhea in insulin-dependent diabetes.

Health Staff Writer