1. what is the disorder or condition?
Celiac disease is a condition that harms the inside lining of your small intestine. This damage prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are necessary for staying alive and healthy.
2. what are the symptoms? how does it affect the person who has this disorder?
There are many symptoms that come from having Celiac. Some of these are abdominal pain, decreased appetite, diarrhea, lactose intolorence, nausea, fatigue, depression and much more. Some symptoms that children would have are slowed growth, defects in teeth, irratable behavior, poor weight and nausea.
what causes the conditon of celiac disease? Is it inherited or affected by the environment?
The damage to the small intestine is done due to a reaction to eating gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Gluten inflames and destroys the inner lining of the small intestine. Scientists have also found evidence that this reaction is partially genetic or inherited.
How common is the celiac disease?
What is the treatment for celiac disease? Can it be cured? Can it be treated?
There is no cure for celiac disease. The standard treatment is a gluten free diet. There are also some drugs that minimize the symptoms of a gluten reaction for example there is a treatment called larazotide acetate. This drug has been proven to reduce negative reactions celiacs have with gluten. The patient’s that were tested showed that their intestinal damage decreased from about 50 to 15 percent. It is not considered a cure but only a treatment.
myth: Celiac disease can be outgrown
fact: Celiac disease is a life long disease and it can not be outgrown.
myth: Celiac disease is a childhood disease
fact: Celiac disease is a condition that is inherited and the symptoms may develop at any age after the gluten is ingested.
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