Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, can manifest itself in various ways.  One of the most common ways is anemia, the feeling of being tired all the time.  This happens because gluten intolerance affects in a negative way the body’s uptake of nutrients and minerals, such as iron.  That means that fewer red blood cells get produced, the red blood cell count in the bloodstream drops, and less oxygen is transferred throughout the body.  One way to tell that this is happening is the “tired heart” feeling, like one hasn’t slept enough.  Regular blood donors, for whom the celiac disease has triggered, may suddenly be unable to donate because of anemia.

Another common tell-tale sign of gluten intolerance is the fact that certain food and drink gives the celiac a lot of gas.  Dark beer, for instance, can be a source of considerable social embarrassment.  Soft stool can also be a consequence of gluten intake, but the most serious consequence of continued gluten intake for the celiac is the increased potential for developing stomach- or intestinal cancer.  This risk can be mitigated, and other symptoms alleviated of course, by switching to a gluten-free diet.  Aside from feeling better and getting their strength back, celiacs who switch to a gluten-free diet just might get an unexpected bonus in the form of weight loss.

Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 5:50 PM  Comments (1)  

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