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Do I have Celiac Disease?

Although it is said that 1 out of every 100 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
  • bruising
  • abdominal pain
  • bloating
  • gas
  • indigestion
  • reflux
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • migraines
  • lactose intolerance
  • swelling of hands and feet
  • depression
  • mouth sores
  • menstrual irregularities
  • infertility
  • recurrent miscarriages
  • weight loss
  • elevated liver enzyme

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If you suspect you may have celiac disease, complete the "Do You Have Celiac Checklist" 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 non-celiac gluten intolerance 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.