From peanut butter and jelly in elementary schools, to takeout cheeseburgers or subs at the office, sandwiches are a staple of American lunches. And why not… everyone loves a sandwich, right?
Well, not everyone.
In fact, an estimated 1% of the world’s population would rather avoid sandwiches at all cost due. That’s how many people suffer from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder where body essentially attacks itself in response to the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye – the most common ingredients found in bread.
When gluten hits a Celiac sufferer’s digestive system, their body treats it as an invader, creating antibodies to fight it. The problem arises when those same antibodies actually start damaging the intestinal lining, inhibiting the body from absorbing the food’s nutrients. That’s a real problem that can result in malnourishment, regardless of what other foods you’re eating.
Symptoms to Gluten Sensitivities
Abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea, and skin rash are just a few of the symptoms of Celiac disease. It can also leave its sufferers prone to osteoporosis and infertility (due to the body’s inability to absorb enough vitamins and minerals), as well as other autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Diabetes.
Treatments for Celiac Disease
The best way to combat Celiac disease is to completely remove gluten from your diet. If you avoid it, the symptoms begin to subside in just a few days, and your intestines will usually heal in about six months.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that in order to maintain those healthy intestines, you’ll need to stick with a gluten-free diet forever. Bread and beer are officially off the menu!
But it’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds, especially these days with so many restaurants and food providers catering the public’s gluten-free needs.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
If you’ve been experiencing painful abdominal episodes after eating, make sure you contact your primary care doctor or stop in to a nearby AppleCare clinic to consult with one of our experience physicians for an initial evaluation, screening, and possible diagnosis for Celiac disease.