Here are some facts you may not have know about Celiac disease.
1. CELIAC DISEASE IS NOT AN ALLERGY
Celiac is an autoimmune disorder. Once a person has it, they will have it for the rest of their lives.
2. VERY COMMON
Celiac disease is one of the most common autoimmune disorders today.
Celiac is heredity meaning it is passed down through generations. If one of your parents or a family member has it, you are more likely to get it.
4. GLUTEN IS EVERYWHERE
Gluten is not just for food, it is also in vitamins, makeup, toothpaste, and adhesives.
5. NO CURE
There is no cure for Celiac disease, the only treatment is a gluten-free diet for the rest of your life.
6. DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS
20% to 25% of people with Celiac will get this rash. It is very itchy and painful.
Celiac affects children. About every 1 in 100 children are diagnosed with the disease.
8. DAMAGE TO SMALL INTESTINES
If a person diagnosed with Celiac disease continues to eat gluten, they risk permanently damaging their small intestines.
9. SYMPTOMS SHOW UP AT ANYTIME
There is really no onset stage of Celiac symptoms. They can show up anytime, from childhood into adulthood.
Commons symptoms of Celiac disease include fatigue, joint pain, headache, rash, and stomach pain. Sometimes there are no symptoms.
11. BLOOD TEST
A blood test can tell for certain if you have Celiac disease. If a family member has it, you should probably get tested for it.
12. UNDIAGNOSED OR MISDIAGNOSED
It is estimated that 90% of those with Celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
If you test negative for Celiac disease but show signs of it later on, get tested again. You can have a false negative test.
The actual cause of Celiac disease is not known. Scientists are still researching it.
15. CAN’T OUTGROW
If your child is diagnosed with Celiac disease, they will have it forever. It can’t be outgrown.
People with Celiac disease may not be absorbing nutrition properly because of damage to their intestines.