Celiac disease is a permanent inflammatory bowel disease triggered by the consumption of gluten-containing foods
In recent years, there has been a real boom in cases. If in the 80s and 90s, even those who had these disorders rarely knew they were, now celiac disease affects many people and there is a much greater awareness. But how can you find out if you have celiac disease?
But let’s go step by step and define celiac disease. Celiac disease is a permanent inflammatory bowel disease triggered by the consumption of gluten-containing foods. Gluten intolerance affects one in 100 people, but even today it often takes many years to be diagnosed.
As mentioned, there is a much stronger awareness of celiac disease today. Specific food shops for celiacs are multiplying and restaurants have also been adapting for some time. And projects, including institutional ones, which aim to improve social life at school and everyday life for celiacs or those who need specific nutrition for ethical, religious or health reasons are increasingly widespread.
As always, when it comes to health, nutrition and, in general, our body, we always invite you to refer to doctors, specialists and, in general, to science. We, for our part, today we provide you with some little tips to light up at least some alarm bells on the possibility of being celiac.
How to find out if you are celiac
Inflammation systemic caused by gluten intolerance can affect any organ and with any level of severity from asymptomatic to extremely severe forms, both in children and adults. It does not always cause the typical gastrointestinal symptoms of malabsorption.
Classically, in fact, the symptoms that are first thought of are those concerning the stomach. Diarrhea and severe abdominal pain which cause several daily evacuations, for example. But also nausea and vomit. All this obviously affects our state of health, and, therefore, also on a state of anemia and, therefore, on a chronic fatigue. But also on weight loss, caused precisely by continuous defecation and vomiting.
But there are also other symptoms that seem less related to the digestive system. Osteoporosis, joint pain and arthritis over all. This is because those with celiac disease find it difficult to assimilate calcium well. The skin is also affected, so the dermatitis they can be an indicator. And then, let us never forget that ours is an immune system, indeed, a network. So everything is connected. Therefore, even problems of anxiety and depression they could conceal a gluten intolerance.
Finally, among the many alarm bells that can lead to specific analyzes, some are also hidden in the mouth and can be identified by the dentist. The presence of enamel defects and the appearance of recurrent canker soresin fact, they can be signs that should not be underestimated.
A warning sign is, for example, the presence of white spots on the enamel of the teeth which, in some cases, can also present anomalies of consistency and resistance. Finally, there seems to be a correlation, even if not strong, between celiac disease and periodontitis, i.e. chronic inflammation of the gums, ligament and underlying bone. In short, the symptoms can be many. For these we invite you not to underestimate anything and to contact the doctors as soon as you have a slight suspicion.