Did you know that 3 million Americans are living with celiac disease today? Yes, 3 million people!! The number is rapidly growing every year too.
Celiac disease is a real disease and the only known “cure” is a strict gluten-free diet.
While many diseases require you to take a pill for life, the only way to make your celiac disease symptoms dissipate or disappear is through strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.
Below I share 30 common symptoms that might indicate that you have celiac disease. Below this list of celiac symptoms, I include a list of other diseases that are known to be helped by adherence to a gluten-free diet.
Please be reminded that I am not a doctor nor should information in this post be misconstrued as a means of diagnosis. Please use this celiac disease symptom checklist to talk with your doctor, nutritionist, dietician and/or health coach to uncover if celiac disease is behind your health conditions.
30 SYMPTOMS THAT MIGHT INDICATE YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE
1. Abdominal pain
2. Acid reflux and heartburn
5. Bloating and swollen belly
7. Canker sores and mouth ulcers (geographic tongue)
8. Dermatitis Herpetiformis (persistent itchy skin rash)
10. Hair loss (Alopecia Areata)
11. Tooth discoloration or enamel loss
12. ADD and ADHD
14. Brain fog
16. Headaches / Migraines
18. Joint pain
19. Fibromyalgia or muscle pain
20. Numbness in hands or feet
21. Osteoporosis or loss of bone density
22. Delayed puberty (for children)
24. Irregular menstruation
26. Anemia, often resulting in iron and vitamin deficiencies from malabsorption of food
28. Failure to thrive
29. Vitamin deficiencies
30. Weight loss
Do you think you have celiac disease? Complete the checklist at Celiac.com and discuss the results with your doctor.
SHOULD I BE GLUTEN-FREE EVEN IF I DON’T HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?
Many conditions that are not diagnosed as celiac disease have be known to be helped by a gluten-free diet. I think if you’re in discomfort or pain due to any of these conditions, it can’t hurt to try a gluten-free diet for 6 months to see how you feel. Just remember, when you go gluten-free, take it as an opportunity to eat more naturally gluten-free foods and stay away from the processed and packaged gluten-free foods that make and keep you sick.
Conditions and autoimmune diseases that may be helped with a gluten-free diet include:
- Acid reflux and GERD
- Crohn’s disease
- Gluten allergy or intolerance
- Grave’s disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Sjogren’s Disease
Ask your doctor, nutritionist, dietician or health coach for information on how a gluten-free diet and lifestyle can improve your health.