by: Josiah & Annie
What is it?
Celiac is a disease that effects the immune system and digestive system. This disease damages the small intestine when foods containing gluten are eaten. This intestinal damage makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. Most importantly fat, calcium, and iron.
Causes and Symptoms?
When a person with celiac disease eats gluten their body forms antibodies which then attack the lining of the small intestine. This also breaks the villi. Without proper villi function, the person has a harder time absorbing their essential nutrients. Adult symptoms are: iron deficiency, arthritis, bone pain, osteoporosis,mouth sores etc. Symptoms for children are: vomiting, irritability, chronic diarrhea, etc
There is no medicinal cure. The cure is to live on a gluten free diet to prevent celiac disease from damaging the body even more.