Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that is thought to affect around 1% of the global population. The condition is a result of gluten damaging the walks of the small intestine, making it difficult to digest food properly. The body slowly mounts an attack against the small intestine as a result, essentially producing an immune response that damaged the body’s good cells.
The small intestine is used to absorb nutrients that you consume, meaning that the body’s attacks against the cells of the intestine results in your body not getting the nutrients you consume.
The condition is hereditary, and a person who has a parent, sibling or child with the condition will have a 10% likelihood of developing or having the disease themselves.
If you’re not sure how the condition manifests itself and you’d like to learn more, take a look at these 10 symptoms of celiac disease. If they seem like symptoms you currently experience, simply get in touch with your doctor. Lots of different treatments are available.
1. Low moods
Low moods and depression are common symptoms of celiac disease, particularly for individuals who have suffered with the condition for many years. It is known that suicide rates tend to be higher in people who have celiac disease.
Interestingly, suicide rates are also higher among those who consume gluten-free diets. We do not fully understand the link, though it is certainly something to think about – and if you do have celiac disease, be sure to seek help if you experience low moods.