Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease to which some people have a genetic predisposition. It involves the small intestine and usually produces issues with the digestive process, although it can cause a wide range of symptoms. People with celiac disease have an intolerance to gliadin, a gluten protein that is in a wide variety of grains including wheat, barley, rye, and some oats. Unfortunately, the symptoms of celiac disease are hard to recognize and may be confused with other, less serious conditions such as simple indigestion. If not managed appropriately, celiac disease makes the body vulnerable to other diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, epilepsy, migraines, and in extreme cases, intestinal cancer. There is no cure for celiac disease; the only way to manage the condition is to adopt a gluten-free diet.
People with celiac disease can experience chronic loose bowel movements unless they transition to a gluten-free diet. Their stool may be pale, watery, and malodorous. The body does not tolerate gluten and may not absorb fat, iron and other nutrients from food as well as healthy people do. Someone with this condition may become accustomed to passing loose stools and not realize they have the disease. This delay tends to cause complications later on.
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