Symptoms, conditions and causes

The Impact of Gluten on Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine, damaging the intestinal lining and causing nutrient malabsorption.

Over time, this can lead to a host of symptoms and health issues, including digestive problems, anemia, fatigue, skin rashes, and even neurological issues. The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet.

Gluten Sensitivity Beyond Celiac Disease

Just because you don't have celiac disease doesn't mean gluten isn't messing with you. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a real thing, and it can cause digestive drama, exhaustion, and mental fuzziness after eating gluten.

The good news? Your intestines won't suffer the same damage as they would with celiac. If you've been feeling off after eating bread or pasta, you might have some level of gluten sensitivity even without a formal diagnosis of celiac disease or wheat allergy.

Cutting back on or completely cutting out gluten could be the key to feeling your best.

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Last updated: May 06, 2024 15:38 PM