Understanding Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder activated by eating gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley. People with celiac must follow a gluten-free diet for the sake of their digestive health.

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Jo S.
Jo S.5 months ago

Thank you.

Agnieszka Marszalek

Noted. I've heard about it, but now I know what it causes. Thanks

Carol M.
caroline m.3 years ago

I went to 5 doctors before they found out I had DH 20yrs ago through a Bio that was sent to the Malo Clinic. I didn't stay away from gluten because at the time not too many products were around. Big mistake DH can lead to regular Celiac which can effect your stomach. I have found products that are pretty good since then. Bisquick (glutten free) Hodson Mills pancake mix and Udies Bread and Schar bread sticks and crackers are good. Watch out for shampoos,drugs,and candy etc that might have gluten in them. People still do not know that if you go out to eat and they have a piece of bread on top of something they have to redo the whole meal they can't just take off the bread because of cross contamnation. A little less than 1/8 of teaspoon is enough to cause problems

Lydia Price

Thank you for the video. I do believe many instances of our food sensitivities are caused by tampering with nature. Our digestion evolved naturally in sync with the vegetation in nature, but we have cross-bred, selectively-bred, and modified food to the point that now it's killing us. Thank you for your comment, Marie.

Don H.
Don H.3 years ago

Carol P, after finding I had celiac disease, the simple act of eliminating gluten took my weight from 298 to less than 260 with no effort at all. (I'm tall)

So, you are correct, some of us with celiac are overweight. Before finding out about celiac I was always hungry. I was forever seeking that certain something to satisfy my appetite. Now my appetite is far easier to satisfy. Removing gluten from my diet has improved many aspects of my life.

Carol P.
Carol P.3 years ago

I'm always disappointed by the posts from this source. Oversimplified and often wrong.

Sorry, but celiac disease is NOT simply a digestive disorder. It is an allergy which can and does affect any part of the body. The digestive system just happens to be one of the parts that gets hits hardest when someone is not aware that they have the allergy.

But even a person who is already on a gluten-free diet, limiting the damage done to their digestive system, can still become exposed by using soaps, shampoos, or other products that contain gluten. And skin reactions aren't limited to dermatitis herpetiformis. Simply having an area of dry flaky skin may be enough to indicate exposure to gluten if you are allergic.

There are more than 200 symptoms and side effects of celiac disease which often vary from person to person, and from time to time as their diets vary. Some studies have shown that up to 50% of those with the allergy are actually obese, many do not have any noticeable abdominal symptoms, and skin reactions can be as simples as hives.

Susan A.
Susan A.3 years ago

Good info; although I would appreciate paragraph summarizing it as well, as I cannot always access videos. Thanks

Penny B.
.3 years ago

Thanks for the info., I have a cousin who has Celiac but has not gone on a Glutin free diet. She suffers from fatigue and other problems, I will tell her about the information I learned in the hopes I can sway her.

Joe R.
Joe R.3 years ago

Very interesting. Thanks.

Brenda Vargas
Brenda Vargas3 years ago

I also suffer from celiac and have been gluten free now for 2 years. Just wanted to warn people that just because a product says its gluten free it might have some gluten in it if it was made where they also process wheat. So please read the allergy warnings. Because if you are as sensitive as I am it's enough to make you sick.