Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Did you know that 80% of those with celiac disease in the U.S have not been diagnosed? Celiac disease may happen in adults or children. Diagnosing it may be difficult since there have been over 200 digestive symptoms associated with the disease reported. Knowledge of celiac disease and how a registered dietician can be vital to your healthcare team is important to management of the disease. At SO Nutrition, we are trained to help you get on a plan for better health and treatment of your symptoms. If you are wanting to know if you or a family member may be experiencing celiac disease, please call our office at (281) 684-4733 to schedule your private consultation. Categories of celiac disease include: Classical celiac disease – Inability to absorb foods correctly leading to diarrhea, pale or foul-smelling stool and weight loss or stunted growth in children. Non-classical celiac disease-symptoms may include: Gastrointestinal issues stemming from limited food absorption by the body Abdominal pain Chronic fatigue Iron anemia Tingling in hands or feet Unexplained high liver functions Reduced bone mass Bone fractures Depression and anxiety Rashes and itchy skin Silent celiac disease Most are asymptomatic and have no symptoms Unrealized damage and atrophy to small intestine Once this category of celiac patient goes on a Gluten-Free Diet, they typically report better health and less bloating and reflux. Celiac Disease in Children Digestive symptoms that occur in infants and children: Abdominal bloating and pain Chronic diarrhea Vomiting Constipation Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool Weight loss Fatigue Irritability and behavioral issues Dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth Delayed growth and puberty Short stature Failure to thrive Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Can a Gluten-Free Diet Treat Celiac Disease? Yes, it can help dramatically! It’s becoming easier to eat a gluten-free diet, but you may still have questions. Do I need to eat only foods marked “gluten-free”? No, because many non-gluten foods aren’t marked that way. Let SO Nutrition help you learn what’s safe for you to eat, what’s not, and why (which is the most important part!) To better understand celiac disease, symptoms and treatment, give us a call at (281) 684-4733 or fill out our form below.