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What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

Variable Sx; slight: Celiac can have variable sx, incl gas, bloat, diarrhea, wt loss, rarely gain, constipation, joint aches and pains (often from vitamin d def), fatigue (often from iron def), osteoporosis, swallowing probl, rarely liver probl. Can get screened with blood testing, and/or genetic testing. Assoc with other autoimmune diseases such as ibd, psoriasis, rheum arth, lupus, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more


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Can anyone tell me what causes celiac disease to begin in the first place?

Can anyone tell me what causes celiac disease to begin in the first place?

Genetics: If you are born with genetic mutations, hla types dq2 or dq8, this predisposes you to develop celiac disease. Then it is usually an environmental trigger, like abnormal gut microbes or infection that triggers it from being a genetic predisposition into an active condition. The condition starts with damage the the microvilli that line the gut and eventually ends with total villous atrophy. ...Read more

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What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

What are the causes of celiac disease (gluten allergy)?

Gluten sensitivity: There are hereditary factors involved, but in general, celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, oats, rye and barley. ...Read more

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What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

What is the cause of celiac disease or wheat allergy?

Intestine inflamatio: Celiac disease is caused by your digestive tract being sensitive to wheat and consequently you have inflamation in the digestive tract and can lead to ulcers and much discomfort. Typically it is heriditary. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What can cause celiac's disease?

What can cause celiac's disease?

Nothing: Nothing causes celiac, you are born with mutated genes which lead you to develop celiac. Go to celiac.Org for more info. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease, what are it's causes and symptoms?How is it diagnosed?

What is celiac disease, what are it's causes and symptoms?How is it diagnosed?

Celiac disease: In Celiac disease the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten like proteins in rye and barley) in the small intestine causing damage. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Classically people have loose stool, bloating, and abdominal discomfort but more often are just found when screened for other reasons (like symptoms of a nutritional deficiency like iron or bone loss). ...Read more

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Why would celiacs disease cause Raynaud's phenomenon?

Why would celiacs disease cause Raynaud's phenomenon?

Uncertain, but: It is known that celiac dz is associated w autoimmune diseases (antibodies against one's own tissues, eg diabetes-I).A letter in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheum in 2010 reported evidence of scleroderma-like activity in celiac disease. Raynaud's is found in cases of scleroderma, an auto-immune disease that causes scarring that can impede blood flow to fingers. 2010, Vol. 39, No. 5 , Pages 438-43 ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause osteopenia?

Can celiac disease cause osteopenia?

Eventually: Since CD can eventually lead to poor intestinal absorption of the various building blocks of bone, it can eventually lead to osteopenia along with many other problems. ...Read more

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Will celiac disease cause inflammation?

Celiac disease: Inflammation is a non-specific descriptive term. Celiac disease (if not controlled via strict gluten free diet) will increase inflammatory cells along the intestinal lining. If you have biopsy-confirmed celiac disease, stay gluten-free in your diet. Unless you have other chronic gi-related conditions, a strict gluten free diet will prevent gut inflammation in celiac disease. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause bad body odor?

Can celiac disease cause bad body odor?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease can cause a whole host of problems, and is one of the great mimics. It can cause headaches, weight loss, anemia, infertility, abdominal pain. And some patients do complain of a change in their body odor. I would ask your doctor to check your blood tests for the typical antibodies associated with celiac disease, and if you carry the diagnosis, explore possible gluten contamination ...Read more

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What causes extreme sleep loss from celiac disease?

What causes extreme sleep loss from celiac disease?

Depends: Hard to tell, but many neurotransmitters are in the gut, and if celiac messes up your gut, it may possibly cause imbalances that may affect sleep. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease? Does it cause a person to lose weight?

What is celiac disease? Does it cause a person to lose weight?

Yes: If you continue to consume gluten with a diagnosis of celiac disease, the gluten will damage the surface of the small intestine thus impairing your ability to absorb many nutrients leading to weight loss. However you need to consult your doctor to document the diagnosis since there are other conditions which can cause unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause vasculitis?

Can celiac disease cause vasculitis?

Almost never: Vasculitis complicating celiac disease has been described but is extremely rare, and is not the most likely cause of any symptoms you might be experiencing. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause random nausea?

Can celiac disease cause random nausea?

Lots of things do: Your nausea may have little to do with the gut. Biliary ; pancreatic disease may be present. Gas/bloat syndrome? Consider "central" causes like: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), food poisoning, medication side effects, pregnancy, ; even stress. Yes, celiac disease may contribute, but best get checked. ...Read more

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Could celiac disease cause infertility?

Could celiac disease cause infertility?

Yes: If you are concerned about celiac disease causing infertility, discuss testing with your physician. Patients with celiac disease and infertility are usually able to conceive once beginning gluten free diet. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause sun sensitivity?

Can celiac disease cause sun sensitivity?

Not directly, but...: People who manage their diet to avoid gluten may risk becoming deficient in a variety of necessary nutrients. It's possible to learn how to have a varied, full range of foods, but it takes time and interest. Sun-sensitivity is a symptom of pellagra (a Niacin (vitamin b3) deficiency). It can be quite serious so eat tuna, salmon, or ground beef if you can, or snack on peanuts daily. ...Read more

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How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

How does celiac disease cause nutrient absorption?

Harms sm. intestine: Celiac disease leads to inflammation and damage of the lining of the small intestine, which causes decreased absorption of nutrients, vitamins, iron, etc... The intestinal lining loses its microscopic "villi", which are tiny protrusions that maximize the absorptive surface area needed to absorb nutrients. A patient gets diarrhea, anemia, lactose intolerance, tummy aches, irritable bowels, etc... ...Read more

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Can gluten cause migraines without celiac disease?

No proof: Lots of claims re: gluten, but less data. People don't eat gluten, they eat gluten containing foods-grains. These can be variously prepared; this can be a factor in getting headaches (among others). ...Read more