I’m sure most of us know what having a gluten intolerance is, and a lot of people suffer from this also, and they basically do the same… ignore the complaints and go on with their lives. What they don’t know is that their small intestine could possibly be paying the price for them ignoring the problems they are having.
Anyone can develop this ailment, but those who suffer with microscopic colitis, type 1 diabetes, down syndrome and autoimmune thyroid disease are more susceptible.
It has been said that the disease comes from having developed a particular irregular gene that causes you to be more susceptible or hypersensitive to gluten. This in turn makes it more difficult to digest your food.
But there is a chance that other outside influences could play a role in those who may inherit this gene. Outside factors like pregnancy, surgery, childbirth and extreme stress that could possibly change your small intestine enough, that when you eat anything containing gluten, it will cause your immune system to react negatively.
Something else you don’t know and don’t realize, is that while you are suffering through the symptoms of this disease, it is slowly interfering with the function of your small intestine, to the point that it is not absorbing the necessary nutrients from the food you eat.
You are not absorbing vitamins or minerals which can lead to anemia and weight loss. Another serious problem would be developing intestinal lymphoma or bowel cancer, because you have ignored the complaints you are having, and continue to consume food with gluten.
The hardest thing about having celiac disease is that it is easy to ignore your complaints, because this disease doesn’t have any typical symptoms. The longer you go without treating this problem and your gluten intolerance, the more complications you will experience.
How Common Is This Disease
This disease is more common than you think, and more people have it than is reported because so many still ignore their body’s complaints.
Diagnosing Celiac Disease
Since the disease mimics other conditions, it is rather hard to diagnose by symptoms only. Your doctor will have to perform certain blood tests.
The thing to remember when contemplating blood work, is that you must continue with the same diet you’ve been eating. Continue to eat your pasta and bread.
Your doctor could also request an intestinal biopsy to confirm what the blood test shows.
Since some people also exhibit dermatitis herpetiformis from this disease – which is basically a rash that itches and blisters, and generally appears on you buttocks, elbows or knees.
Treating Celiac Disease
There is no way to stop you from having gluten intolerance. Your physician should be able to give you information on what you can and cannot eat, and for most, when you maintain a gluten-free diet, your small intestine will begin to heal.
After going on the gluten-free diet, you should begin seeing results within a few days. Also, if small amounts of gluten still gets into your food, you may not heal or see any changes at all.
You have to scrutinize everything you eat for the rest of your life. There are so many additives, modified food starches and preservatives that have wheat in them, that you have to be really careful what you eat.
What You Eat
When you go on a gluten-free diet, it means no barley, wheat, rye or any foods containing any form of these products. Try using flour made with buckwheat, soy, rice, potato, bean flour or amaranth.
Combine your gluten-free food with natural organic foods when possible. You can live a comfortable lifestyle eating a wide variety of foods you like.