Celiac disease is a serious, lifelong, gastrointestinal disorder in which gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, causes intestinal damage. This results in an inability of the body to absorb key nutrients (eg. calcium, magnesium and iron), which are necessary for good health.
Celiac disease can cause a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, depression, weight gain or loss and skin disorders.
If celiac disease is diagnosed early and treated the damaged tissues can heal and the risk of developing many of the long term complications of this disease, including osteoporosis, some intestinal cancers and infertility can be reduced.
No two people with Celiac disease experience the disease the same way, making it extremely difficult to diagnose. Celiac symptoms are numerous and varied and do not occur at any specific time in the life of a Celiac patient. Patients often feel “lousy” for as long as 10 years while continuing to eat gluten, since they don’t know what is wrong.
The average timeframe for diagnosis of Celiac disease in Canada is 10 years. Because the symptoms can range from mild to severe and there is no definitive symptom (other than Dermatitis Hepitaformis), Celiac disease can often be overlooked. Once considered, Celiac blood tests are taken which can take up to 3 weeks for results and may provide a reasonable diagnosis.
To avoid this long wait, Celiac test kit can provide immediate results in the convenience of your own home.