Celiac Disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in people of all ages when foods with gluten are eaten. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine. Nutrients from food are normally absorbed by the villi. If the villi are damaged, the person cannot absorb nutrients properly and ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.
Symptoms of celiac disease vary but may include digestive problems, anemia, seizures, a skin rash, sores in the mouth, and missed menstrual periods in women.
Treatment for celiac disease beings with controlling your diet and avoiding gluten. Once a proper diet is formed and is followed, generally within 6 months symptoms of celiac disease disappear. If damage to the villi is significant, nutritional supplements through an IV may be necessary.
The Canadian Government offers programs such as the Disability Tax Credit which may be available to those who suffer from celiac disease. If you or someone you care for suffers from this disease, contact us today and let us help maximize the benefits in which you may be entitled to.