Celiac disease occurs when the person has sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is kind of protein present in wheat and its products. It is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the small intestine. A defect in enzyme system that splits this protein fraction along with atrophy of jejuna mucosa may be the specific cause. It is precipitated by ingestion of gluten, in genetically susceptible individuals. It usually develops within first three years of life.
The child fails to thrive, loses appetite and is pot bellied. Stools are large, pale and offensive due to the presence of free fatty acids. Anemia is present with symptoms of paleness, fatigue, and tachycardia.
Digestive symptoms – diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, pale stool, foul smelling stool, loose stool, flatulence
Behavioral symptoms – irritability, depression
Inadequate nutrition symptoms – celiac disease causes malabsorption, the body does not get enough nutrients, leading to weight loss, delayed growth, failure to thrive (infants), missed menstrual periods, anemia and fatigue. Iron malabsorption is common.
Gas formation, bone pain, joint pain, seizures, and muscle cramps.
Celiac disease can be managed by following a gluten free diet. It is a lifetime requirement. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount can damage the intestine. When gluten rich sources are removed, there may be a dramatic recovery.
We have clear cut classification of gluten and non gluten sources of food that can be used in its treatment.
Objectives of diet therapy
Providing a nutritionally adequate food
Strict restriction of gluten foods
Vitamin and mineral supplementation
The gluten free diet is a diet that contains no gluten. Foods like wheat, rye, barley must be avoided. It requires a completely new approach to eating that affects a person’s life. Products like bread, biscuits, breakfast cereals, poories, paranthas, chapattis, macaroni, noodles, and other pasta preparations have to be totally eliminated. There are some hidden sources of gluten also.
It includes additives, preservatives and stabilizers found in processed foods, medicines and mouthwashes. Despite these and some more restrictions, people with celiac disease can eat a well balanced and nutritious diet.
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