What is Celiac disease? What is Celiac disease?

What is Celiac disease?

Before 10 January, 2019 Ana María López de Mesa

Celiac disease is an uncurable gluten intolerance that both children and adults can have.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. When they eat it, some people experience an immune response in the small intestine. On their webpage, the Mayo Clinic explains that over time, this reaction can negatively affect the lining of the small intestine, preventing the absorption of nutrients.

As the Celiac Association of Argentina explains, people who are affected by this condition are genetically predisposed to it. The following are some of its most common symptoms in adults and children:

  • Anemia, usually resulting from iron deficiency
  • It can cause other diseases such as osteoporosis
  • Itchy and blistering skin
  • Fatigue and frequent headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Acid reflux and heartburn

Its most common symptoms in children are:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Frequent vomiting
  • A swollen belly
  • Delayed growth and development
  • A lack of appetite

See also: Living with Celiac disease? How to follow a gluten-free diet