Celiacâ€™s Evolution: The Mind-Boggling Rise of Non-Gut Symptoms
Joyce Park stashed this in Science
Instead of obviously gut-related symptoms like diarrhea and bloating, celiac has evolved to often present as a dietary deficiency such as anemia or osteoporosis... or even no symptoms at all. Remember that celiac disease can be diagnosed with a very simple, cheap blood test -- don't wait until you're so sick you need an intestinal biopsy!
And the only treatment right now is a gluten free diet:
Volta, who has published more than 450 scientific papers, says his study sends a message to Â physicians â€“Â itâ€™s a stark reminder that celiac diseaseÂ can be tricky and take many forms.Â When there isÂ doubt, he would order a blood test. This is important as the only celiac treatment right now is aÂ gluten-free diet, which both improves life forÂ patients with symptoms and also protects those whoÂ may not yet see the signs, but who may have theÂ beginnings of intestinal damage.