31 Jul '17, 11pm
Wheat, Wheat, Don't Tell Me!
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body forms antibodies that react to gluten. Those antibodies then cross react with intestinal cells causing damage to the gut lining. Depending on the severity of the gut damage, patients can develop abdominal pain, diarrhea, GI bleeding, and malabsorption. (Iron deficiency is particularly common; malabsorption of calcium can lead to osteoporosis.) Those antibodies can also attack the skin and cause a particular type of skin rash. Additionally, the increased inflammation and gut-cell turnover increases the risk of more serious issues like lymphoma and GI cancers and is associated with an increased risk of other autoimmune disorders. There is evidence that gluten ingestion doesn’t actually cause celiac disease but rather it severely exacerbates the underlying disease and symptoms. For this reason it is imperative that patien...