Celiac Disease is a condition in which the protein in wheat, barley, rye, triticale (wheat-rye cross) and oats called 'gluten' is not digested in the small intestines causing inability to absorb food, minerals and vitamins, which gradually leads to malignancies and serious illness if not treated by the time.
Generally it can be diagnosed in infancy and childhood but celiac disease can happen at any age from nine months to ninety years.
Its symptoms are generally similar to other diseases, regular follow ups with physician, nutritionist, blood tests and biopsies are recommended to confirm the disease.
If remain undiagnosed, it can lead to autoimmune diseases like thyroid, lupus, fibromyalgia, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, malignancies like adenocarcinoma, oesophageal cancer etc.
Celiac Disease is not treatable but is completely manageable with strict gluten free diet.
It may seem difficult and daunting to go gluten free in starting but once you start a gluten free diet you become used to it.
Many grains other than the ones that contain gluten are:
On a gluten free diet, you can also have wine, whisky, brandy and ciders but read the ingredient label very carefully.
You need to be very careful while dining out; you may communicate to the chef and tell them what your requirements are, ask them to use fresh and washed utensils for your dish preparations. Some restaurants and hotels even cater the gluten free diet.
Consult your dietician and physician for any queries and medications.