Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

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Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity


Celiac Disease Overview

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that targets the small intestine. When individuals with celiac disease consume gluten-containing foods, their immune system erroneously attacks and damages the lining of the digestive tract.

This persistent damage can impair digestion, absorption, and lead to malnutrition over time.
Gluten, a protein naturally occurring in wheat, barley, and rye, is also present in various foods and supplements containing these grains.

Celiac disease is linked to several other medical conditions, including diabetes, infertility, hepatitis B, pancreatitis, acne, seizures, and iron-deficiency anemia, including pernicious anemia.

Accurate diagnosis is crucial for effectively managing celiac disease and any associated conditions.


Distinguishing Celiac Disease from Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is a subset of conditions that manifests with gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal symptoms. If you experience reactions after consuming gluten, it is advisable to undergo testing for celiac disease. While gluten intolerance does not necessarily indicate celiac disease, experts recommend testing before transitioning to a gluten-free diet.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease vary in type and intensity, with some individuals exhibiting no symptoms. Common manifestations include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, foul-smelling stools, depression, anxiety, headaches, and bone or joint pain. Notably, adults with celiac disease may lack gastrointestinal symptoms, complicating the diagnosis process.

The primary treatment for celiac disease involves adopting a gluten-free diet. Our Nutritionist collaborates closely with our doctors and patients to develop a balanced and healthy gluten-free nutrition plan.


Gluten Sensitivity

Managing gluten sensitivity involves more than meets the eye at XBody Health, Wellness and Spa, Functional Integrative Medicine Center.

Gluten intolerance is when you get sick after eating gluten. You might feel bloated, gassy or tired. Gluten is a protein found in many foods, especially wheat.

Gluten intolerance is also called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It’s not the same as celiac disease or a wheat allergy. About 6% of the U.S. population is gluten intolerant.


What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?

The symptoms of gluten intolerance may manifest for several hours or days following the consumption of gluten.

These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Bloating or gas
  • Brain fog or trouble concentrating
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin rash

  • It's worth noting that individuals with gluten intolerance often also experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    For comprehensive care we encourage you to contact our Medical Center by phone or online contact form.

    Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity