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Celiac Disease

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is the body's abnormal response to gluten, this is a protein
found in rye, wheat, barley and any food made with these. This disease affects
and causes damage to the intestines.



What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Pain and/or bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Pale and/or foul smelling stool


Some people do not have digestive symptoms. Because Celiac can disrupt the
absorption of nutrients, weight loss and malnutrition can occur.
Signs of these are:

  • Fatigue Or Feeling Tired
  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mouth Sores
  • Numbness, Tingling In The Hands And Feet.


When people with Celiac disease consume food containing gluten, the immune
system triggers antibodies to attack the intestinal lining. Once the lining
is damaged, the body can't absorb nutrients. This will lead to malnutrition.

The only way to manage Celiac disease is to completely avoid any food
containing gluten. This will allow your intestines to heal and should
resolve symptoms.

If you have Celiac or suspect you do, please call 719-632-7101 to schedule
an appointment.