• Symptoms in Adults:

    • Unexplained iron-deficiency, anemia

    • Fatigue

    • Bone or joint pain

    • Arthritis

    • Osteoporosis or osteopenia

    • Liver and biliary tract disorders

    • Depression or anxiety

    • Peripheral neuropathy

    • Seizures or migraines

    • Missed menstrual periods, infertility or recurrent miscarriage

    • Canker sores inside the mouth

    • Dermatitis herpetiformis

  • Symptoms in Children:

    • Abdominal bloating and pain

    • Chronic diarrhea

    • Vomiting

    • Constipation, pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool

    • Weight loss

    • Fatigue

    • Irritability and behavioral issues

    • Dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth

    • Delayed growth and puberty

    • Short stature

    • Failure to thrive

    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Celiac Disease

 

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder where gluten damages the small intestine. This disease may affect genetically predisposed individuals. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley, and when those with Celiac eat gluten, their body attacks the small intestine. This attack damages the villi, small pieces lining the small intestine which are responsible for absorbing nutrients. With damaged villi, nutrients are no longer properly absorbed. Treatment of Celiac Disease involves a gluten-free diet.

Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease are carried on the same gene. About 6% of people with Type 1 Diabetes also have Celiac. It is very common for those with Type 1 and Celiac to have asymptomatic Celiac, or symptoms which are confused for symptoms relating to the diabetes. This can make it hard to diagnose Celiac, which is why screening for Celiac Disease in those with Type 1 Diabetes is recommended after being diagnosed with Type 1 and periodically afterwards. For those who have asymptomatic Celiac, it can be difficult to see the benefits and keep the motivation of being put on a gluten-free diet.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease may present themselves differently between children and adults though there are similarities between the two.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently, the only treatment for Celiac Disease is a strict gluten-free diet. This includes not eating wheat, rye, or barley; ingestion of even small amounts of gluten can lead to small intestine damage. 

Celiac Disease, when left untreated can lead to damage of the small intestines and increase the risk of hypoglycemia. When the small intestine is no longer able to effectively absorb nutrients such as sugar, this makes a hypoglycemic episode more likely to occur thus making it important to identify Celiac Disease in those with Type 1 Diabetes.