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Gluten Sensitivity Versus Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiac disease can surface in many different ways. Almost every system of your body may be affected. This very wide spectrum of symptoms is also a reason why celiac disease can take a long time to diagnose. Not only do symptoms range in severity but they affect everyone differently. Some individuals become violently ill the minute they ingest a piece of bread or a bite of a wheat cracker. Others may have long-standing iron deficiency anemia that they keep treating with iron supplements without any resolution. Celiac disease can range from severe to mild in its symptoms. Those who are very symptomatic will seek ongoing medical care. Those with very few symptoms may find the diagnosis an annoyance.

 

Gluten Sensitivity Versus Celiac Disease

While in celiac disease gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction causing damage to the intestinal lining, in gluten sensitivity it causes only abdominal symptoms. Individuals with gluten sensitivity will experience bloating, constipation, and cramping, but there will be no underlying damage to the intestines, nor will they suffer from any complications such as nutrient deficiencies or metabolic, hormonal, and neurological disorders. For these people, simply taking gluten out of the diet will make them feel better.