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The Top Ten Physical Complaints from Celiac Patients- from

The Top Ten Physical Complaints from Celiac Patients
By Jefferson Adams
Published 01/16/2015
Celiac Disease Diagnosis, Testing & Treatment (Gluten-Free Diet) unrated 01/16/2015 - Most people with celiac disease suffer from classic symptoms like weight-loss and diarrhea before diagnosis, right? Wrong. In fact, the most common medical issues for people with celiac disease might really surprise you.

A team of researchers who recently looked at data on 770 celiac patients admitted to S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital from January 1998 to December 2012, found that even though 80% of people with celiac disease have symptoms other than diarrhea,only 1 in 3 people with celiac disease shows classical malabsorption symptoms.

Notably, two out of three people with celiac disease show non-classical symptoms. The majority of people have non-gastrointestinalsymptoms. In fact, the top ten medical complains of people with celiac disease are:
  1. Osteopenia/Osteoporosis—a full 52% of patients with celiac disease suffer from osteopenia/osteoporosis.
  2. Anemia—about one in three celiacs (34%) suffer from anemia.
  3. Cryptogenic hypertransaminasemia—nearly one-third (29%) of people with celiac disease, have what is called cryptogenic hypertransaminasemia.
  4. Diarrhea is, in fact, a common gastrointestinal symptom of celiac disease, but believe it or not, only 27% of people with symptomatic celiac disease experienced diarrhea.
  5. Bloating—20% of celiacs complained of bloating prior to diagnosis.
  6. Aphthous stomatitis—18% of people with symptomatic celiac disease had canker sores as one of their symptoms.
  7. Alternating bowel habit—15% of celiacs with symptoms have alternating bowel habit
  8. Constipation—13% of celiacs have constipation as a symptom.
  9. Gastroesophageal reflux disease—About 12% of people with celiac disease suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  10. Recurrent miscarriages—just over one in ten (12%) people with celiac disease experience recurrent miscarriages
I recommend everyone get a simple test from called "genetics". This genetic test, and no other that I know of, tests for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. (I have tried all available testing methods and combination of testing methods and find them prone to interpretive errors. Except the genetic test available at

Why do I recommend that everyone get this test?
  1. There are at least 200 diseases associated with gluten sensitivity, according to the NEJM, so I can't tell without testing. 
  2. Because those that are undiagnosed have high morbidity and mortality, leading to a 400% increased risk of dying by age 65! This morbidity and mortality is unnecessary. 
  3. Most people need to see a black and white test result to be motivated to do the grain free diet which is the only treatment to treat the bowel and the the extra gastrointestinal illnesses.
Why would I recommend a gene test if one could have the gene for a condition and not have the disease?

The study of Epigenetics has helped us to understand where genetics is useful. If you were conceived and born in North America, after 1942, and you find you do carry one or more genes for celiac or gluten sensitivity, your genetics is "on". And you can modify how the gene is expressed. 

Do you see yourself or someone else in these paragraphs? All should be tested. 
Know your risk of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity!

To Your Health
Dr. Barbara

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