The symptoms of celiac disease are varied. With celiac disease, the small intestines cannot do its job properly because the body incorrectly identifies the gluten as its enemy. Because of this, the body’s immune response sets out to destroy the lining of the small intestines.
What Is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. It means that when you ingest gluten, the body attacks itself. Specifically, the body will attack the the lining of the small intestine. This destroys the villi. Note, the villi are the tiny finger-like projections that protrude from the lining of the intestines.
In the case of celiac disease, the person must actually consume the gluten orally for a reaction to occur.
Some of the symptoms of celiac disease are in close association with other diseases. Thus, it very difficult to diagnose. The gold standard for diagnosis, though, is an intestinal biopsy. (In the case of Dermatitis Herpetiformis, a skin biopsy is the tool for diagnosis.)
Some of the most common symptoms of celiac disease are as follows:
- Abdominal pain
- Persistent diarrhea
- Loose stool or stool that is not well-formed
- Brain Fog
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Skin issues (rash, eczema, acne, psoriasis)
- Other food intolerances
- Development of another autoimmune disorder
You might also want to read: Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: When Gluten Intolerance Is Not Celiac Disease
If you have any of these symptoms of celiac disease, you may want to investigate further to see if you have celiac disease.