Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects those who are genetically predisposed to it. It involves the small intestine and thus usually produces symptoms associated with the digestive process. People who have celiac disease have an intolerance to gliadin. This is a gluten protein that is in a wide variety of grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Unfortunately, the symptoms of celiac disease are hard to recognize. The symptoms are often 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 some extreme cases, intestinal cancer. There is no cure for celiac disease. The only way to manage the condition is by the adoption of a gluten-free diet.
People with celiac disease experience loose bowel movements chronically unless they transition to a gluten-free diet. Their stool is pale, watery, and very malodorous. Like any other digestive intolerance, those whose bodies react atypically to gliadin experience indigestion. The body does not tolerate gluten and therefore does not absorb fat, iron, and other nutrients from food. These cause the watery consistency of the stool as well as the foul odor. Someone with this condition may become accustomed to passing loose stools and may not realize that they have the disease. This delay tends to cause several health-related complications later on.
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