Gluten is one of the most extensively consumed proteins in the world. Almost twenty
million people state that they commonly experience problems after eating products that contain
gluten and a third of American adults say that they are trying to eliminate gluten from their diets.
Not only can gluten affect adults, but it can also have just as much of an effect on children as
well. Celiac disease is defined as a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to
gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food. This condition is genetically based, so it is more
frequent in those with a family history of gluten sensitivity. This means that if a first or second-
degree relative has celiac disease, you are at an increased risk for developing it also. This
autoimmune disease occurs in up to 5-10% of family members of people diagnosed with celiac
disease. Gluten sensitivity has negative effects on systemic health, oral health, and quality of life.
Celiac disease is a stable intolerance to gluten which is a protein found in rye, wheat, and
barley. Popular foods that everyone likes to consume which contain gluten are pasta, bread,
crackers, baked goods, cereal, granola, and many others. This results in injury to the small
intestinal mucosa caused by an autoimmune mechanism in those who are genetically exposed to
the disease. This is one of the most common chronic gastrointestinal disorders in the world.
“Gluten- sensitive enteropathy” is mediated…
The Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Edmonton Chapter is a non-profit organization which raises awareness and offers support to those suffering from celiac disease. The organization aims to assist people who have celiac disease by providing information on how to manage the disease and eat a gluten-free diet. Annually, the Edmonton Chapter hosts various events which raise funds for the organization and garner media attention. The organization depends on these events to stay active in the…
The potential risks and effects of a gluten-free diet
Almost everybody is searching for a way to lose weight fast and millions of people have sought to do that through fad diets. The majority of these diets hold an elevated risk for harming an individual or their body. Lord Byron popularized one of the first known fad diets in the 1820s and it consisted of drinking apple cider vinegar with water. In the 1930’s the grapefruit diet was created which consisted of eating a grapefruit with every…
underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy was diagnosed to be suffering from celiac disease based on the clinical manifestations and the laboratory investigations.
General Lines: The only currently available treatment for CD involves dietary exclusion of grains containing gluten (i.e., wheat, rye, barley,).(3) Rice, maize, and buckwheat do not contain gluten and can be eaten. Potato, chestnut, tapioca, sorghum, millet teff, quinoa, and amaranth are other safe starchy food. In the past,…
The symptoms of celiac disease include but are not limited to: chronic diarrhea, abdominal bloating, malnutrition/failure to thrive, vomiting, anemia, abdominal cramping, abdominal pain, myalgia (pain in muscle or group of muscles), arthralgia (pain in a joint), osteopenia(bone density lower than normal)/osteoporosis (thinning bones), menstrual irregularities, irritability, constipation, short stature, dermatitis herpetiformis, lactose intolerance, etc.1,2,4,5,6,7,8 A couple of the more uncommon…
system T-cells that normally recognize foreign proteins, presented as antigens by antigen-presenting cells, to fight off pathogens. Once CD patients consume gluten, the gluten fragments bind to 2 of the 6 Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) class II genes, called HLA-DQ2.5 and HLA-DQ8, that code for the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) proteins regulating our immune system. When the T-cells recognize these protein antigens, they erroneously damage the villi lining the small intestine. The…