Celiac Long-term and Symptoms

Celiac Long-term and Symptoms

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, leads to serious damage in the small intestine, creating long-term health complications.

Celiac disease can develop at any age.

People with celiac disease have a 2x greater risk of heart disease, and a 4x greater risk of developing small intestine cancers.

Long-term effects of untreated Celiac disease include:

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Early onset osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Type I diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Poor growth
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Central and peripheral nervous system disorders
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Gall bladder malfunction
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Melanoma

Symptoms of Celiac disease:

There are more than 200 known Celiac disease symptoms. 

Celiac disease symptoms can occur in the digestive tract or other parts of the body. 

Adult symptoms of Celiac disease:

  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • osteoporosis or osteopenia 
  • liver and biliary tract disorders 
  • depression or anxiety
  • peripheral neuropathy 
  • migraines
  • seizures
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • dermatitis herpetiformis 

Child symptoms of Celiac disease:

  • abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • iron-deficiency anemia
  • 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

If you think you or your child might have celiac disease, speak to your doctor about testing.