Celiac disease is a cause for concern these days. With the Miss Universe getting diagnosed with celiac disease, there are many concerns raised about gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
Yes, these days, some pictures and news related to Miss Universe 2021, Harnaz Sandhu being overweight are flooding the web. Well, after the interview, she mentioned that she has been suffering from celiac disease. She has been trolled on social media with regards to gaining weight all of sudden. Well, it’s not her fault. The steroid medications can be the reason for weight gain in celiac disease patients. So, you might be wondering what celiac disease is, how it occurs, what its symptoms are, and how it can be treated effectively, aren’t you?
Let’s have a glance at various aspects of celiac disease.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that occurs due to the ingestion of gluten. It occurs due to gluten sensitivity. This gluten may damage the cells of the intestine. It is estimated that 1 in 100 people is affected by this disorder throughout the world. The condition is a chronic lifestyle disorder and diet plays a major role in managing celiac disease. If celiac disease is left untreated, it may cause additional problems which may be difficult to deal with and cause further complications.
How does Celiac Disease Occur?
When people have celiac disease, the gut cells are very sensitive to gluten. Now, the question arises, why does gluten sensitivity happen? Well, when people eat gluten, which is a type of protein present in rye, barley, and wheat, it results in an immune response. This attacks and damages the cells of the intestines. The cells of the intestines have finger-like projections called villus. This gluten (wheat) has a tendency to stick to the gut lining and causes defective absorption of the nutrients.
Celiac disease can develop at any age or maybe after people start consuming too much gluten. Yes, this gluten sensitivity can crop up at any age. There are many causes of celiac disease which could lead to a weak gut. Celiac disease can occur in people with other health conditions as follows:
- Severe emotional stress
- Chronic gut infection
- After surgery
- After childbirth
- Long term medications
- Autoimmune disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lactose intolerance
- Intestinal diseases
- Chronic pancreatitis
What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?
There are many symptoms of celiac disease as follows:
- Upset stomach
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss
- Itchy rash
- Mouth ulcer
- Bone and joint pain
What are the Complications of Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease may cause various complications in many parts of the body. This is mainly because the gut is affected and unable to absorb the nutrients. This causes lower immunity levels.
Which is the Best Treatment for Celiac Disease?
Homeopathy is one of the best treatments for celiac disease that works on the root cause. Homeopathy works at the cellular level to treat gut issues, particularly gluten sensitivity. The homeopathic mode of treatment has special potent molecules which are easily absorbed by the gut. Remember, your gut is your second brain. Keep it healthy with good food and drinks.
- Written by Dr. Rati Parwani, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah