Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune problem. For those with celiac disease, gluten, a protein found in grains including wheat, barley, rye and spelt trigger an autoimmune response that can cause damage to the lining of the small intestine.
Over 3 million people in the US are affected by celiac disease according to the Nation Institute of Health (NIH.) This problem typically evades detection. On average, people with celiac disease go undiagnosed for ten years or more.
Why is celiac disease so difficult to diagnosis? Perhaps this is because of the wide range of celiac symptoms.
Primary symptoms include
- Abdominal pain and bloating
Secondary symptoms include
- Depression and anxiety
- Joint pain
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Frequent miscarriages
- Tingling in the hands and feet
Non-celiac gluten intolerance is a specific kind of food intolerance. Patients suffering from gluten intolerance produce excessive IgG antibodies in response to eating wheat, barley or rye. For those who suffer from (NCGS) gluten triggers the immune system.
Symptoms of non-celiac gluten sensitivity include:
- Poor concentration
- Bloating and abdominal pain