According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), almost 141 million people in the United States have celiac disease and the majority don’t even know it.

While some people with the condition don’t experience any signs or symptoms, some of the most common include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Severe bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Depression or anxiety

See also: What Causes Celiac Disease?



Common signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease


Celiac Disease is triggered when someone with the condition eats foods containing gluten. The signs and symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person.

The most common signs of celiac disease include [1]:

  • Unexplained weight-loss
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy skin rash)
  • Mouth cankers (sores inside the mouth)
  • Unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss)
  • Liver and biliary tract disorders

See also: What Is The Treatment For Celiac Disease?


The most common symptoms of celiac disease include [2]:

  • Feeling tired all of the time
  • Severe bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and/or numbness or pain in the hands and feet)
  • Seizures and migraines

See also: Celiac Disease Diet: What You Can Eat


What happens if you’re living with untreated celiac disease?


Silent celiac disease is also known as asymptomatic celiac disease. Patients do not complain of any symptoms, but still experience villous atrophy damage to their small intestine.

Untreated celiac disease can lead to a number of serious health conditions, these include [3]:

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Early onset osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Miscarraige
  • Dairy/lactose intolerance
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Nervous system disorders

See also: Celiac vs Gluten Intolerance: What’s The Difference?


If you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms after eating products that contain gluten - it’s important to know more. You can do this by taking a trip to your doctor or by taking an at-home Celiac test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home Celiac Test will be able to identify celiac disease antibodies. Your online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The test must be taken following six weeks of a gluten-containing diet to ensure accurate results.



References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Celiac Disease. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  2. Mayo Clinic. Celiac Disease. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  3. NHS. Celiac Disease. Online: NHS.uk, 2019