Celiac Sprue, more commonly called Celiac Disease, is an autoimmune disorder that prohibits the patient from tolerating gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and some oat products. When the gluten enters the digestive tract of a Celiac patient it damages the intestines ability to absorb essential nutrients.
There has been a lot of media attention to Celiac Disease in the last few years, which has been helpful in spreading awareness of this potentially dangerous disease. Unfortunately, it has also lead to many people self-diagnosing and removing gluten from their diets; which, can lead to some significant nutrition deficits if not carefully managed.
Celiac Disease is a very serious illness that must be diagnosed and managed by a physician – preferably a specially trained gastroenterologist. If you suspect you have a gluten intolerance call and make an appointment with an ADH physician to discuss your symptoms and arrange for testing.
Symptoms include: recurring bloating, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, bone pain, muscle cramps, bone pain, behavior changes, seizures and tingling/numbness in the legs.