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Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease Symptoms | coetaneous bleeding et al

Updated on August 21, 2010

Do you have Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance effects at least 3 million Americans.

  • 1 in 133 people have celiac disease
  • Only 1 in 4,700 is ever diagnosed

What risks exist from living life with untreated Gluten Intolerance ?

Those with Celiac Disease that fail to practice a Gluten Free Diet are at an increased risk of gastrointestinal cancer.Various studies show a risk of 40 to 100 times that of the "normal" population.

Untreated celiac disease is also associated with osteoporosis with an increase in the risk of fractures. This of course is particularly rampant in the senior population and its true cause can be easily overlooked by traditional Medical practitioners.

Studies of previously untreated undiagnosed Celiac sufferers showed increased rates of:

Osteomalacia/Low Bone Density (70%)

Nerve Disease and/or Peripheral Neuropathy (51%)

Liver Disease (42%)

Ataxia (40%)

Cancer—Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (39%)

Obesity (30-40%)

Cows Milk Intolerance (24%)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (20%)

Arthritis (20%)

Pancreatic & Thyroid Disorders (5-14%)

Diabetes-Type 1 (12%)

Dermatitis (5%)

Osteoporosis (4.5%)

Migraine Headaches (4%)

Anemia (3-6%)

-National Institutes of Health

Gluten Intolerance: Burns
Gluten Intolerance: Burns

Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

I understand the possible risks, but what are the symptoms of Celiac disease?

One of the main difficulties in diagnosing Celiac Disease is the lack of an exact symptom pattern amongst all sufferers.

A very common but not universal symptom is general gastric distress.

  • abdominal pain
  • bloating
  • diarrhea

Celiac Disease results in malabsorption of nutrients, malabsorption of nutrients can manifest in grocery list of often conflicting symptoms!

Abdominal cramps, gas and bloating, Anemia,Borborygmi (stomach rumbling),Coetaneous bleeding,Diarrhea,Easy bruising,,Epitasis (nose bleeding,)Fatigue, Flatulence,Fluid retention,Foul-smelling or grayish stools ,Gastrointestinal symptoms,Gastrointestinal hemorrhage,Hematuria (red urine),Hypocalcaemia/ hypomagnesaemia,Infertility,Iron deficiency anemialymphocytic gastritis,Muscle weakness,Muscle wasting,Nausea,Osteoporosis ,Pallor (unhealthy pale appearance),,Panic Attacks,Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage),Stunted growth in children,Vertigo,Vitamin B12 ,deficiency,Vitamin D deficiency,Vitamin K deficiency,Vomiting,Voracious appetite,Weight loss,Obesity..

Woo! some major conflicts and vague symptoms there huh!

Personal Experience with Gluten Intolerance

My girlfriend and most of her female family members experienced many of these symptoms. Throughout most of her young life she had multiple doctors visits and tests trying to figure out what was causing her frequent distress. In her small town, diagnosis' varied to from "its all in your head" to maybe it's "crohns". Not very helpful!

Through trial and error she discovered that eating a raw foods diet - basically just raw vegetables, she was able to stop most of the symptoms. This diet laxed many times over the years and she just decided that she would eat what she wanted and suffer since the alternative was so boring and hard to follow with college life and and a low budget.

While working in the restaurant industry I met someone who was following a vegan lifestyle specifically a gluten free diet. She was actually diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance. Bells rang and I introduced the two. My Girlfriend was able to learn that a gluten free diet is not as hard to follow as it seems as she had an example to follow. After seeing the obvious and almost immediate change in health and energy levels of her daughter, my girlfriends mother attempted the diet change, after 40 years of suffering in a rather embarrassing way she has also found that she feels much healthier and has huge increases in energy! She  just finished her third marathon last year and openly associates her diet change with this new found activity.

Basic Introduction to Gluten Free Diets


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    • Chelsea_Jans profile image

      Chelsea_Jans 8 years ago from California

      Its quite amazing how may people there are still left undiagnosed, its such a difficult thing to identify for anyone without proper knowledge.

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      John Harper 8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Our daughter suffered epileptic type fits for years until we stopped all gluten from her diet, now she only fits IF we mistakenly allow gluten to enter her system. MSG is the worse thing (any additive with an E number between E620-E629)so check the packaging and avoid like the plague!

      Good article, thanks.


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      Hub Llama 8 years ago from Denver, CO

      I kept wondering what in the world "Gluten Free" was, and why I should/shouldn't care. Nice to have an idea now. Thanks for the info.

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      Jeffrey Neal 8 years ago from Tennessee

      My wife has a coworker who is gluten intolerant and was diagnosed with actual celiac disease. The diet was very hard for her to adjust to. A little over a year ago my wife came away from an allergy test with a positive result for candida. The candida diet is pretty restrictive as well and the symptoms are widely varied in a similar way to celiac, but not as severe.

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      fishtiger58 8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Very interesting article. My friend has Chrons disease but many of the same symptoms as Gluten Intolerance.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I suspect that all of us could benefit from at least periodicly embracing a gluten free diet. You should check out the Body Ecology Diet book and website, by Donna Gates.

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      Susana S 8 years ago

      Thanks for the clarification sunforged :) I guess I'm also scared that if she is diagnosed with celiac disease there might have already been some damage caused - she often complains of pain in her joints and fatigue as well as the more obvious stomach cramps. I will definitely be reading if you write some more hubs on this topic! Thanks again for the helpful info :)

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks, Sunforged! I'll keep that in mind and will be on the lookout for new hubs on the topic by you.

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      sunforged 8 years ago from


      If you find it necessary, i will gladly share all the knowledge that my girlfriend has found and additional sources I used in the course of my research with this article..I planned on adding a bunch of resources or relative new hubs over the course of this month

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      sunforged 8 years ago from

      @Susana S

      Those listed risk factors are for UNTREATED celiac disease sufferers, those who follow through and keep a gluten free diet live normal healthy lives

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      Susana S 8 years ago

      This is a timely article for me, since it was only yesterday that I was at the hospital with my daughter who is being tested for celiac disease. Interesting but scary reading - all those increased risk factors for those with celiac disease! Thanks - useful article :)

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      Lily Rose 8 years ago from East Coast

      I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto's Disease. I just learned that individuals who have a hypothyroid that is caused by Hashimotos can keep the thyroid function normal with a gluten free diet - most endocrinologists don't even consider this. I need to go get a second opinion because I'm not convinced that I have Hashimotos, but if I do then maybe I'll be back in touch with you for some more gluten-free diet info!

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, that is an ye opener. It is amazing. Thank you for such in depth information


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