Body Tip Unexplained bouts of diarrhea, bloating and cramps could be celiac disease. New research says 78 percent of sufferers don’t know they have it.
If you have frequent, unexplained bouts of diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps, you could be suffering from the autoimmune condition celiac disease. New research suggests that up to 78 percent of sufferers don’t know they have the condition. For people with celiac disease, eating gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — causes the immune system to attack your intestines. This damages the lining of the intestines and prevents the body from absorbing nutrients from food. People with undiagnosed celiac disease who continue to eat gluten are much more likely to contract a serious illness, such as lymphoma, than those who are on a gluten-free diet. So it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Doctors can diagnose the condition with a simple blood test, but you cannot be on a gluten-free diet at the time in order for the test to be accurate.
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