Celiac disease is a hereditary disease dealing with the body’s villi getting damaged. Individuals with a parent, child, or sibling with the disease have a 1 in 10 risk of developing the disease themselves. While “disease” sounds scary or contagious, this disease, while rather annoying, is as simply defined as the inability to digest gluten and is not contagious.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. This disease is not easily diagnosed as it is often mistaken for other disorders. One would think that in every case of celiac disease the individual would fall very ill after consuming the gluten protein but this is not always the case. When illness is shown after eating the protein researchers call it classic celiac disease. Non classic celiac disease is when individuals show a variety of health problems, such as infertility, joint pain, osteoporosis, skin rashes, and ADHD, but does not display any gastrointestinal problems. Researchers now state that non-classic celiac disease is more common than the classic form showing gastrointestinal issues. I personally believe that individuals will become more and more aware of this disease. It is not extremely rare, considering one in one hundred people do have it. I am seeing more “gluten free” tags and labels in restaurants, the grocery store, and even on makeup and hair products. I believe it is wonderful for the individuals that do have this disease they can be presented with stronger facts about the disease and have a larger variety of food and daily life products while living with it.