Health Tip: Celiac Disease May Trigger Serious Complications

By on May 14, 2010

Celiac disease causes the body’s immune system to prevent the small intestine from working properly, denying the body needed nutrients.

This can lead to a number of potential complications, the American Gastroenterological Association says. Among them:

  • Greater risk of anemia or malnutrition.
  • “Refractory” celiac disease, which causes symptoms to persist despite a gluten-free diet.
  • Short stature in children, or osteoporosis.
  • Greater risk of lymphoma or intestinal cancer.
  • Some people with celiac have other autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease or type 1 diabetes.

Source: HealthDay

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