Celiac Disease, What Really Is It?


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As one of my close friends suffers from Celiac Disease, I of course, always forget and offer to share my gluten-FULL frosted mini-wheats, sandwiches, pizza, and everything else under sun that has wheat in it. Not my fault though!  Never really have to think about what has gluten in it and what doesn't. She can't even have beer! Anyhow, since I am completely illiterate when it comes to mapping out a gluten free diet, I decided to do some investigating. But before that, I needed to figure out what exactly it means to have celiac disease.

Apparently, the cause is unknown and it could be from birth or start later on in life. It is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing certain nutrients. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.

My friend had a small amount of gluten and was writhing in pain for a day and a half. I didn't really understand because it doesn't act like a normal allergy. Basically, the reason ingesting gluten is so painful for them is because the absorption of gluten damages the villi in their intestines.

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Because the intestines can't absorb certain nutrients as easily, Celiacs may get some other symptoms too, including:

Bruising easily

Depression

Anxiety

Hair loss

Mouth ulcers

Itchy skin

Nosebleeds

And many more.

There is no cure or treatment for Celiac Disease and it can only be managed through a change in diet.

Since the vast majority of foods contain some form of wheat, barley, rye or oats, it is very difficult to keep to that diet. I wonder how people without Celiac Disease stick to such a tough regimen.

Do you guys think the health benefits are worth such a strict eating style?

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319

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If someone has Celiac disease they must follow a tough diet regimen. I wouldn't say that for them there is a health benefit in following a rough diet, it's just a way for them to live with less pain. Many other people in our society follow strict diets due to various allergies and for some, ingesting things they're allergic to can have fatal affects. Despite the fact that the strict diet is hard and is something that your friend will have to live with until a cure for Celiac disease is found, I guess she needs to take it as if its an allergy. My close friend growing up had an allergy to wheat, gluten, weigh, and barley can could virtually not eat anything that her mother didn't make for her. It was tough to watch her grow up with such an allergy and a strict diet, but she grew to accept it and be okay with it. There are different food websites where people who cannot eat gluten can go and purchase their food products so that they can eat things like pizza and pasta. Here's the link:http://www.celiac.com/glutenfreemall/?gclid=CK37gejOh7QCFQqk4AodLWYAiw best of luck to your friend!

Thank you, I will pass on your warm wishes to her!

And yes, it is true that she is forced to keep to this diet. But I am baffled by the people who choose to eat gluten-free, with no need for it. People believe that it is healthier for you, but personally I just think the only reason it works is because they aren't eating bread or bread-like products which add up to a lot of carbs in our daily diets. It's not the lack of gluten that causes people to lose weight, but the lack of carbs. I don't think it can be the healthiest for you if you are withholding nutrients from your body on purpose.

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