The first I heard about celiac disease is when I saw that it was related to a gluten free diet. Did you know that this disease affects approximately one percent of the entire population? That may not seem like much, but that is one out of every 100 people! Of course that doesn’t mean that everyone knows they have this disease, yet they suffer through the symptoms all the same.
When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestine and damages the villi a small hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. At that point nutrients from food cannot be absorb properly.
Throughout the years, without treatment, the symptoms of celiac disease can cause further health consequences over the long term. This disease attacks your immune system, and the end result as far as its impact on your bodily functions is that your body isn’t able to absorb nutrients the right way. It should also be mentioned that this disease is passed down through genetics, which means it’s hereditary. Just because your parents or grandparents had celiac disease doesn’t mean that you have it, but it increases your risk of having the disease. All kinds of other conditions can be caused by celiac disease going untreated, and one of them is diabetes.
Hearing so much about celiac disease makes you start to wonder about treatment. What if you were told that the only treatment available is to maintain a diet that is free of gluten. Did you know that there are also medicines that have gluten in them?
Once diagnosed, your doctor can help you develop a dietary plan and provide instruction about eating the right foods. It is a little trickier than you think, but think about all the positive benefits once you get used to what you’re doing. You’ll find that you need to cook more often and eat more whole foods, and you’ll also notice how pursuing this type of diet affects your overall health.
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