What is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease. Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) has three of the following features: villous atrophy; malabsorption, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency; and resolution of the mucosal lesions and symptoms after withdrawal of gluten-containing foods (usually within a few weeks to months). Diarrhea, weight loss, and antibodies against gliadin.

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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...

What is celiac disease? Is it curable?

Celiac disease. Celiac is an autoimmune condition in which your body makes antibodies against the small intestine; it causes malabsorption of food and often chronic diarrhea, anemia, or occasionally abnormal liver function. The treatment is simply to avoid gluten in foods, but this is not a simple diet to follow. Read more...
Gluten enteropathy. This is a condition sort of like rheumatoid arthritis.In celiac, people develop antibodies to some of the proteins in wheat/barley/rye (gluten) that attack the intestine and cause injury to the tissue. Symptoms can very from very mild to terrible. There is no cure, but close adherence to a gluten free diet can reduce ongoing damage. Many will also have related food intolerances to non gluten items. Read more...

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...

What is celiac disease in children vs wheat allergy?

Probably same. An allergy may give you more symptoms but celiac usually attacks the digestive tract. Read more...
Differs considerably. Consider wheat as a composite of many proteins all of could trigger a simple allergic response like hives.The reaction clears when the protein trigger is gone. In celiac disease the body actually produces antibodies to various gluten proteins that cross react to intestinal issue & cause tissue injury.That tissue injury can continue as long as there are circulating antibodies. Read more...

What does celiac's disease do to a person's body?

Gut 1st, then..... Immune reaction to gluten, causes infl in small bowel, loss of villi, loss of absorption, leads to vitamin and mineral deficiency (calcium, iron, d, others). Causes gas, bloat, cramps, diarrhea, fatigue, weakness. May cause joint, neural, liver, fertility, other abnormalities. Untreated, over time, can increase risk for osteoporosis, lymphoma of bowel, esophageal cancer. Read more...