Gluten Intolerance is a fairly common allergy, and it is one of the top eight food allergies around the world. Around 1% of the population experience Celiac Disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease that is an extreme form of gluten intolerance that can lead to damage to the digestive system.
Gluten Intolerance is far more common in children under the age of 12. But 65% of children will outgrow the allergy. Some symptoms are to do with the digestive tract, but many other symptoms can point to Gluten Intolerance as a possible cause. There are a few unusual symptoms to look for such as headaches, exhaustion, skin conditions, and depression.
If you suspect that you have a form of gluten intolerance, you should seek medical help. A diet that is free from all forms of gluten should relieve any symptoms. Some people find that they can introduce a small amount of gluten back into their diets with little or no side-effects. If you suspect that the symptoms point to Celiac Disease instead of a food intolerance you should make sure to remove all gluten from your diet on a permanent basis.
There are no risk factors for developing gluten intolerance. A few studies have shown that introducing small amounts of gluten based foods into a child's diet at about 6 or 7 months of age can reduce the likelihood of the child developing a gluten intolerance at a later stage. Children with Celiac Disease need to follow a very strict diet as a failure to absorb the needed nutrients at a growth stage can have long-term effects.
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