Gluten Checklist

I hate using the word “disease” but celiac disease is the “proper” name for someone who has a gluten sensitivity. If your digestive system cannot process wheat, or you notice that your entire body acts different after eating pasta, pizza, or anything yeasty, I suggest you take this quiz below.

Celiac Disease Questions: Take this quiz and see how you do!

Often celiac disease is difficult to diagnose. Some individuals develop symptoms of celiac disease as children. With others, symptoms don’t appear until adulthood. Factors that affect when and how celiac disease first manifests include:

* Breastfeeding. Symptoms appear later in life and are more atypical the longer a person was breast fed.

* The age when the person began eating foods containing gluten.

* How much gluten is regularly consume.

* To complicate matters, symptoms don’t always occur in the digestive system. One patient with celiac disease might have diarrhea and abdominal pain; another could be suffering from depression or irritability (one of the most common symptoms in young children).

Additionally, some with celiac disease may not have any symptoms at all. Enough of their small intestines remain undamaged and are able to absorb enough nutrients. Just because someone is symptom-free, it doesn’t mean they’re still not at risk from the complications of celiac disease.

Do you frequently endure:

* Bloating (Gas and/or abdominal pain)

* Bulky or loose stools

* Cold sores

* Delayed growth

* Diarrhea or constipation

* Discolored teeth or loss of enamel

* Fatigue

* Fractures or thin bones

* Irritability or behavior changes

* Itchy skin rash

* Joint pain

* Missed menstrual periods

* Poor weight gain

* Significant, unexplained weight loss

* Tingling or numbness in hands and feet

Please Note: This checklist is intended as a general information resource. It is not intended for use in diagnosis, treatment, or any other medical application. Questions should be directed to your family doctor. This information is not warranted and Robert F. DeMaria DC, NHD for the recommendations and information contained here, assumes no liability.

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