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Can Celiac Disease Kill You? The Simple Answer Is YES, But The full Answer Is More Complicated

Posted Dec 04 2008 12:20pm

First, I’m NOT a medical Dr.  Keep that in mind with all of my posts.  I was at a Doctors appointment with my mother-in-law the other day and the Dr. treating her truly though he had Celiac, but would not get himself tested because he did not want to know.  That is a dangerous thing to do!

I always wondered why my Father’s family passed away early.  Although I can only speculate since my Father is gone, my Mother does not have Celiac Disease, so it had to come from him.  They died early of multiple types of problems and were never really well.  Diabetes ran throughout the family along with other autoimmune diseases.  Ignoring Celiac CAN kill you.   Many of the problems listed below are not things you want to mess with!  Of course, you can get these diseases without having Celiac, but there is continuing research into gluten or other triggers causing many of these issues.

Below is a list that is not complete, but all of these things are serious and many can kill you.  Have symptoms?   Get tested TODAY even if your Dr. says no.  INSIST!  I’ve bolded the ones my Son and I had.

  • Anemia (low blood count).
  • Musculoskeletal problems (muscle cramps, joint and bone pain).
  • Growth problems and failure to thrive (in children).
  • Alopecia
  • Seizures.
  • Tingling sensation in the legs (caused by nerve damage and low calcium).
  • Aphthous ulcers (sores in the mouth).
  • Missed menstrual periods.
  • Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and leads to fractures. This occurs because the person has trouble absorbing enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Miscarriage or infertility.
  • Birth defects, such as neural tube defects (improper formation of the spine) caused by poor absorption of such nutrients as folic acid.
  • Seizures.
  • Growth problems in children because they don’t absorb enough nutrients.
  • Cancer of the intestine
  • Thyroid disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome (a disorder that causes insufficient moisture production by the glands)
  • Depression
  • ADD like symptoms
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • IBS
  • Eczema
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Abdominal Distention (children)
  • Abdominal Pain, Steatorrhea
  • Anemia - Folate-Deficiency / Iron Deficiency / Pernicious
  • Arthralgia or Arthropathy
  • Arthritis - Rheumatoid
  • Carcinoma of the Oropharynx, Esophagus, and Small bowel
  • Collagenous Sprue
  • Down Syndrome
  • enteropathy -Associated T-celllymphoma
  • Hypertransaminasemia
  • IgA Deficiency
  • IgA Nephropathy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Low Bone Mass
  • Microscopic colitis / Collagenous Colitis
  • Nerve Disease and Celiac Disease
  • Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis, Recurrent
  • Sjogrens Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Jejunoileitis
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Pulmonary Hemosiderosis
  • Recurrent Pericarditis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental Problems
  • Scleroderma
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dental-Enamel hypoplasia
  • Dyspepsia
  • Epilepsy (with or without cerebral calcification)
  • Brain White-Matter Lesions
  • Cerebellar atrophy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, PVS, post viral fatigue syndrome or PVFS)
Posted in Celiac, Gluten Free   Tagged: Celiac, Diseases Associated with Celiac   
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