One of the most widespread health problems in the U.S. are autoimmune disorders, which the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) estimated affects close to 50 million Americans. To make matters complicated, there are over 100 types of autoimmune disorders that someone can be diagnosed with that all affect different areas of the body, and, that are all accompanied by unique symptoms. Among those, one of the most common kinds of autoimmune diseases is celiac disease, which the Celiac Disease Foundation reported affects at least one percent of people in the U.S.
Celiac disease is triggered by ingesting gluten food products — such as wheat, barley, and rye — and the disorder is so much more than simply having a slight sensitivity or upset stomach. According to Healthline, people with celiac disease can experience painful digestive issues, bloating, nausea, depression, and even iron-deficiency anemia. What's more, The Mayo Clinic reported in 2012 that if celiac disease goes undetected, or is left untreated, "a range of problems may develop as a result of the body's reaction to gluten — from skin rashes and lactose intolerance to infertility, bone weakness, and nerve damage."
The progression and onset of celiac disease can look different for everyone, making it sometimes a difficult illness to diagnose. However, according to medical experts, these six early warning signs of celiac disease are important to look out for if you suspect you may have this autoimmune disorder.