Do I have Celiac Disease?
Although it is said that 1 out of every 133 people has Celiac Disease, most go undiagnosed for years. Symptoms often seen in adults with celiac disease include:
- nutrient deficiencies (iron, folate, calcium, vitamins B12, A, D, E and K)
- fatigue and weakness
- joint and bone pain
- abdominal pain
- lactose intolerance
- swelling of hands and feet
- mouth sores
- menstrual irregularities
- recurrent miscarriages
- weight loss and elevated liver enzymes
If you suspect you may have celiac disease, read “Are You the One?” from the Celiac Disease Foundation, and follow-up with a gastroenterologist that has familiarity with the disease.
Because eating a gluten-free diet can impede proper diagnosis of celiac disease, continue eating gluten-containing food. Only if you are subsequently diagnosed with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, or gluten sensitivity/allergy should you begin implementing a gluten-free diet. Always work with a registered dietitian to develop a balanced gluten-free meal plan that meets your specific needs.
If you are not diagnosed with celiac disease, though symptoms continue, speak with your physician immediately.