Celiac disease and wheat allergies are not related. Celiac disease causes inflammation in the small intestine when a person eats any food that includes gluten-one form of wheat protein. A person with celiac disease must eat gluten-free foods. This leads to a diet similar to that of someone suffering from wheat allergies-but the conditions are not related. Wheat allergies often go away after childhood-while celiac disease is a permanent condition.
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Someone with celiac disease must strictly adhere to a diet that is free of gluten. Gluten is found in barley, wheat, and rye, but this does not mean you must eliminate all grains from your diet. There are some grains that are gluten-free but you must make sure that they are not contaminated by gluten in the harvesting process.
Grains that are naturally gluten-free include quinoa, amaranth, rice, and buckwheat. Meat, vegetables, fruits, most dairy products, potatoes, and soy products are often safe choices. However, the best strategy is to always read labels and in restaurants ask questions about how the food is prepared. In 2004, Congress passed an act that requires manufactures to clearly identify common allergens like wheat on their food labels.
A registered dietician is also an excellent resource when it comes to food lists and meal planning. Once you learn all the common and uncommon foods that contain gluten it will become second nature to eat gluten-free.
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Studies indicate that for every person diagnosed with celiac disease, about 30 sufferers are unaware of it. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms, which makes this condition difficult to diagnose. Other symptoms are mistaken for other ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and cystic fibrosis. Infants with the disease might demonstrate a failure to thrive, but adults, especially those without constant symptoms, might write off any signs as an occasional bout of diarrhea or gas. If a close relative has celiac disease, though, chances are you have it too. Ask your doctor about a blood test that checks for certain antibodies indicating the disease. You also might have to undergo a biopsy to determine if there is intestinal damage.
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The symptoms can be hard to pinpoint, but the most common general complaints are abdominal pain, bloating and intermittent diarrhea. Sometimes people with Celiac disease have no abdominal symptoms at all, and instead present with complains that include irritability, joint pain, muscle cramps, mouth sores, tingling in the feet, or even with a rash called Dermatitis herpetiformis - an itchy, blistering skin disease caused by gluten intolerance.
4 AnswersMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredCeliac disease is a politically unbiased autoimmune disease. Seems both Chelsea Clinton and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have it and can't stomach the same things. (Foods that contain gluten, such as wheat, rye, barley, some oats, and many prepared foods, are off their menu.)
They're not alone. Celiac disease is 40 times more common than docs used to think -- affecting as many as 1 in 133 in North America. If your parents, siblings, or kids have it, there's a 1 in 22 chance you do, too.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that prevents your intestine from absorbing nutrients properly. That’s because people with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat and other grains such as rye and barley. Gluten gives bread its springy texture and is even used in products like pills and beauty treatments. Gluten can also hide in other foods and food products like bacon bits, blue cheese, beer, flavored coffee, licorice and soy sauce.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.