How can eating wheat hurt someone with celiac disease?

Tears them up. The simple answer is it tears them up.This is a food allergy/intolerance where exposure promotes a chronic battle between immune complexes & the intestine tissue.The injury can/does produce pain,failure to absorb nutrients/diarrhea or other symptoms.The symptoms are not as dramatic as some get with a peanut allergy, because it affects a different part of the immune system.
Damages intestine. There are very complex immune reactions between b-cells (antibody producing cells) and cd4 helper cells in celiac patients which result in anti-ttg antibody formation as well as the creation of gliaden sensitive cytotoxic t-cells which patrol the intestinal epithelium. These cytotoxic t-cells get stimulated by gluten to attack the intestinal lining cells and kill them resulting in tissue damage.

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How does eating too much wheat hurt someone with celiac disease?

Need to avoid wheat. If one is diagnosed with celiac disease then avoidance of grains is imperative in order to avoid short term and long term complications of this disease. Read more...
None. It's not a matter of too much wheat. People with celiac disease need to avoid all gluten containing products. Please see celiac.Org for further diet recommendations. Read more...
Things to ponder. Celiac disease represents a fluke in the immune system. People with celiac who ingest gluten containing foods trigger production of antibodies that attack their tissues as if they were an invading germ. Any exposure to wheat will do this. The antibodies can linger for months & degree of damage varies. This can be mild or life threatening. Heavy exposures create lots of antibody. Read more...

Does eating too much wheat cause celiac disease or a wheat allergy?

No. Both conditions are mostly genetically determined. There is no benefit and possibly harm in avoiding gluten when you don't have intolerance to gluten/wheat, or a wheat allergy. Read more...

If my baby always cries after eating wheat cereal, does he have celiac disease?

Not necessarily. You haven't told me if your baby cries after other foods. Also, wheat allergy, which is not the same as celiac disease, can cause the same symptoms. It is important to distinguish between the two, as treatment can be different. Celiac disease is diagnosed by specific blood tests. It involves testing for antigliadin antibodies. This is different from the blood tests for food allergies. Read more...
Not necessarily. Depends on a few factors - if it's only with wheat cereal, consider gluten intolerance or possibly celiac. Is there a family history? Makes it a bit more likely. Try an elimination diet, taken out all sources of gluten for a week or so - see if that helps. Also - if it does, check with your pediatrician re: testing. Read more...
Not necessarily. About 1 in 133 of healthy people or 0.7% of the population have celiac disease. About 1 in 56 or 1.8% of people who have suggestive symptoms have celiac disease. So, even in cases of suggestive symptoms, the majority of people do not have the autoimmune condition known as celiac disease. Talk to you doctor about blood tests that can be helpful to screen for celiac disease. Read more...
Too vague. Common things are more likely to occur than rare ones.Celiac develops over time as an immune mediated disease,which requires a more mature immune system than a baby.It is rarely found if ever before they are toddlers & mostly in older kids or adults..They can be intolerant to wheat because it triggers indigestion or cramps. They can have a wheat allergy, but that is also uncommon. Quit using it. Read more...

Is corn alright for someone with celiac disease? I know wheat, barley, and rye are bad, but does corn have any effect?

Depends. There is none of the gluten protein in corn. However, anyone with prior celiac injury is more prone to specific food intolerances/allergies to corn that co-exist.There are some available blood tests for selective food allergies. If you thing corn or any other item may be a problem it could by the different process. Also, food dyes (#40 red) is an additive that can cause similar problems in many. Read more...

Would I be able to have wheat intolerance without having celiac disease?

Yes. Non-celiac wheat intolerance is beginning to be recognized by doctors as a real and growing problem. Partly could be due to gmo wheat and partly to roundup residue on commercial non-organic wheat. Read more...

Is it possible to be intolerant to oats, but not wheat, and have celiac disease?

No. Celiac sprue (gluten enteropathy) is an immunologic reaction to proteins in gluten (gliadin and others). This is found in wheat, rye, barley, triticale, spelt. Oats have a different protein (prolamine) that may cross react in some people. But people may not tolerate a grain for reasons other than gluten, proteins, immune cause. Some carbs may not be well digested by some folks, with same sympt. Read more...