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What's the upshot of getting celiac disease?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Malabsorption

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The damage leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.

In brief: Malabsorption

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The damage leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Avoid gluten

Autoimmune; related to others like thyroid, psoriasis, ibd, dm. True allergy/inflammatory reaction to gliadin/prolamine portions of proteins in many grains (wheat, rye, spelt, triticale, barley, maybe oats).
Causes infl of small bowel, blunting of absorptiive surface. Lots of symptoms including diarrhea, iron deficiency, osteoporosis, fatigue, liver changes, can cause lymphoma , cancer. Diet rx.

In brief: Avoid gluten

Autoimmune; related to others like thyroid, psoriasis, ibd, dm. True allergy/inflammatory reaction to gliadin/prolamine portions of proteins in many grains (wheat, rye, spelt, triticale, barley, maybe oats).
Causes infl of small bowel, blunting of absorptiive surface. Lots of symptoms including diarrhea, iron deficiency, osteoporosis, fatigue, liver changes, can cause lymphoma , cancer. Diet rx.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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