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How to tell if you are celiac: symptoms and tests to do

Problems digesting gluten

Celiac disease is a problem that affects more and more people. But how to know if you are celiac? Here’s everything you need to know.

As many will know, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that can affect people of all ages and that generally occurs more easily in women. This is a rather delicate problem and therefore should be recognized in time in order to remedy it as soon as possible, by acting on the diet . So let’s find out the most common symptoms and what to do to check for celiac disease which we remember is a very different problem from gluten intolerance .

Celiac disease: how to discover it

The problem regarding how to recognize celiac disease is always common among those who, seized by disorders of all kinds, find themselves suspecting its presence.

Problems digesting gluten
Problems digesting gluten

First of all, it must be said that there are symptoms that usually act as alarm bells and that can give an idea about the existence of a problem to be investigated. Generally the most common are:

– Weight loss
– Chronic diarrhea
– Sense of exhaustion
– Scattered skin rashes
– Abdominal pains
– Anemia
– Gastrointestinal problems

These problems depend on a reaction of the immune system that is activated in front of the complex proteins (ie gluten) present in foods such as wheat, rye or barley.

These are important symptoms because in the long run, if not investigated and therefore resolved, they can become more serious and lead to damage to the small intestine.

Celiac disease: the tests to do

When you suspect a possible celiac disease, your doctor directs you to a few essential tests to get an accurate diagnosis.

These are serological tests which may or may not also be associated with a genetic test. For a definitive diagnosis, once it is ascertained that there is most likely a celiac disease problem, an intestinal biopsy is usually also performed . Obviously, these are tests to be carried out always and only on medical advice.

As for the treatment, once celiac disease has been ascertained, a diet indicated by a good nutritionist expert on the subject must be followed. This will reduce symptoms while promoting a return to good health.

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