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Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac Disease vs.
Crohn’s Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There’s a lot of talk today about gluten intolerance or allergies and having problems digesting it.
But what’s the difference between having a little sensitivity to gluten and having a health
condition that requires medical attention? Let’s take a look at some of the different conditions
you’ve heard of.
Celiac disease is a serious disease that comes from an autoimmune response to gluten in the
body. People who have celiac disease need to eat a gluten- free diet. Basically, gluten
intolerance and celiac disease are one in the same with varying degrees of problematic
symptoms. The symptoms of celiac disease range from diarrhea, constipation and gas to anemia,
irritability, or frequent nose bleeds.
When you have celiac disease, the lining of your small intestine actually becomes damaged.
This is the part of your digestive system that absorbs nutrients from your food. Continued
problems with celiac can actually cause you to become malnourished.
Malnourishment from celiac can further cause symptoms such as fatigue, problems with appetite,
and even nausea and vomiting. No one knows exactly why this happens, but we do know that
following a gluten- free diet will control it.
Crohn’s disease is another painful condition that takes place in the intestinal tract. This is an
autoimmune disease that causes symptoms similar to celiac disease, but it’s not related to gluten.
A diagnosis of Crohn’s will come by ruling out other conditions.