Celiac Disease Q & A
Below are a few of the most common questions visitors to my website will ask. I thought I should share them with you in order to help spread awareness about celiac disease and the purpose of gluten free recipes website
Q: What is celiac disease?
A: Celiac disease (pronounced see-liac) is a lifelong auto-immune disease.
Q: How common is celiac disease?
A: It affects one in every 100 people. If your mother, father, sister or brother has the condition, the chances of having it increase to one in ten.
Q: What causes celiac disease?
A: It is caused by a reaction of the immune system to celiac gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If someone with celiac disease eats gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging the lining of the small intestine.
Q: What are the symptoms of celiac disease?
A: Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, headaches, depression, hair loss, anaemia, the list is endless
Q: What is the treatment for celiac disease?
A: Once diagnosed, the only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are also sensitive to oats. Once gluten is removed from the diet, you will start feeling better, but it takes time. For some it may take weeks to feel better, for others months. It is important to know that you can’t cheat on a gluten free diet. If you do cheat, even a spoon of food containing gluten may set you back for months
Q: What is dermatitis herpetiformis?
A: This is a manifestation of celiac disease as a skin rash. It affects about one in 10,000 people
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