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 symptoms dissipate or disappear is through strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.
Below I share 30 common celiac 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 read my blog disclosures. Please use this celiac symptom checklist to talk with your doctor, nutritionist, dietician and/or health coach to uncover if celiac disease is behind your health conditions.
30 Celiac Symptoms
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 You Be Gluten-Free Even If You 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, and there is a strong link between gluten and autoimmune diseases. Just because you don’t have celiac disease doesn’t mean you don’t have to be gluten-free. In fact, some doctors say gluten is toxic to all human beings.
Many leading doctors in the gluten movement recommend getting tested for gluten sensitivity if you have a suspicion that gluten makes you sick or if you have a first degree relative with ANY autoimmune disease or gluten sensitivity.
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
Remember, talk to your doctor if you have any celiac symptoms. You can then work with a nutritionist, dietician or health coach that specializes in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity to get started on your gluten-free diet.