Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiac Disease symptoms are so varied that they are easily confused with a myriad of other diseases.

For clarity, note that celiac symptoms are the same as Celiac Sprue symptoms -- celiac sprue is another name for Celiac disease.

It is estimated that about 3 million people in the US alone suffer from Celiac, including children. The disease does not discriminate on age or gender or even race.

Although Celiac Disease is more prevalent in western countries, it is found in many parts of the world including parts of Africa, Asia and South America.

As such, it's clear that this condition is no longer the "Caucasian Disease" it was thought to be for a while.

What is the culprit behind symptoms of celiac disease? Gluten is the known offender in Celiac sufferers and gluten intolerant individuals.

50% of people with Celiac Disease experience the classic Celiac Sprue symptoms while the other half will experience symptoms that are not traditionally associated with gluten intolerance*.

Even more confusing is an unfortunate fact, many people that need to be on a gluten free diet will have no symptoms at all.

This list is just a guide, just a short list to give you a quick overview, certainly not exhaustive or be all end all. Your health professional will be best placed to give you more personalized care when it comes to getting tested for celiac.

I have found that a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is more knowledgeable when it comes to these sorts of issues. Or at the very least, a health professional that has successfully worked with gluten sensitive patients.

A List of Common Celiac Disease Symptoms

Also note that if you are gluten sensitive but not diagnosed celiac, these symptoms apply.

  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Excess gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow colored stools that float in the toilet bowl
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Mood swings and/or irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Heart burn
  • Skin problems
  • Short stature (in children)

Yet in many people, celiac disease symptoms may not show up until later in life. These may manifest as neurological impairments, incontinence, dementia or gastrointestinal cancer.

As stated above, symptoms of celiac are very varied, and may mimic those of other diseases. The above is only a short list.

Here's a more detailed list of related conditions associated with gluten intolerance, including symptoms to look out for in children.

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