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QIs Celiac disease a digestive disease?

Also, what are some other common digestive diseases ? thanks in advance ~

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#1LOOBYAnswered at 2013-04-17 18:39:40
#2Karl HaxellAnswered at 2013-05-16 22:49:18 has detailed information ....... .

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease can not tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.

When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi-the tiny protrusions lining the small intestine. Villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats.

Celiac disease is both a disease of malabsorption-meaning nutrients are not absorbed properly-and an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Celiac disease is genetic, meaning it runs in families. Sometimes the disease is triggered-or becomes active for the first time-after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system or in other parts of the body. Digestive symptoms are more common in babies and young children and may include

* Abdominal swelling and pain
* Chronic diarrhea
* Vomiting
* Constipation
* Pale, foul-smelling or fatty stools
* Weight loss

Irritability is a common symptom in children. Malabsorption of nutrients during the years when nutrition is essential for growth and normal development of a child can lead to other problems such as growth retardation in children, delayed growth and short stature, delayed puberty , and dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth.

Adults are less likely to have digestive symptoms and may occur one or more of the following:

* Unexplained iron deficiency anemia
* By fatigue * Bone or joint pain
* Arthritis
* Bone loss or osteoporosis
* Depression or anxiety
* Numbness or tingling of hands and feet
* Seizures
* Absent periods
* Infertility or recurrent miscarriage
* Painful mouth sores
* An itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis skin

People with celiac disease have no symptoms but can develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition, which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other diseases, liver and bowel cancer.
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