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  • Joan Rothchild Hardin

Celiac – An Autoimmune Disease


Celiac disease can be tricky. It often presents with a wide variety of disparate symptoms, many of them not seeming to be a gut problem at all. People with celiac frequently spend many years suffering before finding a proper diagnosis.  “Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people differently. There are about 300 known symptoms which may occur in the digestive system or other parts of the body. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms at all. However, all people with celiac disease are still at risk for long-term complications, whether or not they display any symptoms.”     – The Celiac Disease Foundation (2015-a) The most common celiac symptoms found in children are digestive (Celiac Disease Foundation, 2015-a):

  • abdominal bloating and pain

  • chronic diarrhea