Celiac disease causes the immune system to destroy villi-- the small, finger-like projections lining the small intestine. Villi, when functioning properly, absorbs nutrients from food and passes those nutrients into the bloodstream. If villi are destroyed, as is the case with Celiac disease, the body does not receive the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. If left undiagnosed, Celiac disease can lead to malnourishment which can lead to other complications and illnesses.
Who Gets Celiac Disease?
Although the cause of most autoimmune diseases is unknown, genetic predisposition will increase one's chances of getting one. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), 50 percent of people diagnosed with Celiac disease have a family member who also has the disease. Celiac affects children and adults throughout the world, but Caucasians and females are more likely to be diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
As reported by Beyond Celiac, 83% of people with Celiac disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Celiac disease can produce a problematic range of more than 300 symptoms, making diagnosis extremely difficult. However, the chronic nature of Celiac disease means that symptoms are ongoing. With this in mind, one can determine the likelihood of Celiac if the following symptoms are present for an extended period of time:
Celiac Disease Symptoms in Children
- Abdominal bloating
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
For children, nutrient absorption is critical-- their bodies are growing and certain anomalies in their development can be sure signs of Celiac disease:
- Delayed or stunted growth
- weight loss
- discolored teeth
Celiac Disease Symptoms in Adults
Adults with Celiac disease tend to have more critical symptoms that are often associated with long-term malnourishment and a delayed diagnosis. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- joint pain
- depression and/or anxiety
- chronic fatigue
- severe headaches
- chronic rash
- mouth sores
Celiac disease is often confused with other serious conditions including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Autoimmune diseases are among the most mysterious disorders because they can cause causing multiple symptoms in multiple regions of the body. If one is diagnosed later in life, there is a greater chance of developing other autoimmune disorders. Any person diagnosed over the age of 20 has a 34% chance of developing another autoimmune condition, as reported by the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Nutrition and Celiac Disease
“Gluten-free” food is now available at nearly every grocery store across the nation. For many, excessive consumption of gluten causes lethargy and weight gain, but for those who suffer from Celiac disease, even the tiniest amount of gluten can cause a severe autoimmune reaction.
People affected with Celiac disease often follow a strict gluten-free diet. Because gluten sensitivity is extremely high with Celiac disease, patients must carefully read every label to ensure it is completely gluten-free. For most, gluten-free diets will give the digestive system time to heal. Most patients report feeling relief from their symptoms within a matter of days. For those seeking alternative treatment for Celiac disease, LifeWorks Wellness Center approaches gastrointestinal disease holistically, healing the body by attacking the root of the cause and not just the symptoms.
Holistic Healthcare for Effective Treatment of Celiac Disease
LifeWorks Wellness Center is considered to be Florida’s top autoimmune disease clinic. We understand the vital role nutrition plays in digestive health and have successfully treated Celiac patients using holistic treatments that strengthen the entire immune system. Because Celiac disease presents such a wide range of symptoms, LifeWorks Wellness Center provides a comprehensive treatment plan that will address your specific nutritional needs. If you do not have access to an autoimmune disease specialist in your area or are seeking alternative, holistic healthcare, LifeWorks Wellness Center can help.
Meet with An Autoimmune Disease Doctor
We have offered autoimmune disease treatment to help many patients regain their health and we would love to help you too. Our specialists are very familiar with treating patients who have autoimmune diseases.
To schedule an appointment to be seen by an autoimmune disease specialist or for more information about our services, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.
*Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.