Celiac disease has only recently gained enough exposure as to where people are starting to recognize the condition and its symptoms. However, many people still do not realize that there are many other conditions that are closely related to celiac disease. These conditions also deserve attention and awareness. We’ve put together a list of conditions you may not have realized are related to celiac disease.
Celiac Disease – Here are 11 Related Conditions
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which your thyroid gland is not able to produce enough thyroid hormones. Your heart rate, body temperature, and every aspect of your metabolism can be impacted by this condition. According to Beyond Celiac, “The prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease in patients with celiac disease is four times greater than that in the general population, and this may be due to the common genetic predisposition.”
Malabsorption is a medical condition in which your small intestine is not capable of absorbing any nutrients from food or vitamins. This can lead to weight loss, digestion troubles, and eventually a long list of greater problems. Celiac disease causes characteristic changes in the lining of the small intestine which can lead to malabsorption.
Gluten sensitivity is obviously the most closely related condition to celiac disease. It is a medical condition in which your body is not tolerant of gluten and eating gluten causes damage to your digestive system. And while celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten intolerance, those with gluten sensitivities still suffer many of the symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, headaches and fatigue.
Food intolerance refers to a condition in which your body is sensitive to certain foods and does not digest them favorably. There are many people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease who develop additional food intolerances after going gluten free.
Lactose intolerance is a medical condition in which you are unable to digest the sugar in dairy products.
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a medical condition in which your intestines do not perform properly, resulting in gas, diarrhea, constipation, and pain in your belly. About 1/5th of individuals with celiac disease have reported to still have symptoms on a gluten-free diet but have found relief on a Low FODMAP Diet.
RELATED: Understanding the Low FODMAP Diet
Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition in which you experience, numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain, typically in the hands and feet. Neuropathy is most common among patients with autoimmune disorders, such as celiac disease.
When your blood does not contain enough healthy red blood cells, it is referred to as anemia. Since celiac disease can cause damage to the small intestine where iron, folate, and vitamin B12 are absorbed, iron-deficiency anemia is one of the first signs of an issue.
Vitamin B12 deficiency
A vitamin B12 deficiency is a medical condition in which your blood does not contain enough vitamin B12, resulting in numbness, tingling, and pain.
When your body does not contain a sufficient amount of nutrients, it is referred to as malnutrition. It can be caused by a number of different medical conditions or from a lack of a sufficient amount of nutrient rich foods in your diet.
Iron deficiency is a medical condition in which your blood does not contain enough iron which results in fatigue, feeling light-headed, dizziness, and is dangerous during pregnancy.
As you can see there are many more conditions related to celiac disease. If you think you may suffer from any of the above conditions, or celiac disease, please speak with your doctor.
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