7 Signs You Should Get Tested for Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease

What's the difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, and more importantly, how can you tell which one you actually have?

Gluten intolerance is an increasing reality that affects more and more people. The appearance of small balls that resemble acne on the arms are one of the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance. 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and one of the symptoms of this disease is intolerance to foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a protein that’s present in wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

Celiac disease is the result of a genetic condition and can arise at any point in life. When people have this disease they suffer from an immune response that leads to the production of antibodies that affect the digestive system and the whole body in general, when gluten is ingested. 

But does that mean that gluten intolerance and the celiac disease are the same thing? The answer is no. A person may have an intolerance to gluten, more or less severe, and not suffer from celiac disease. In these situations the issue isn’t a genetic one, but rather related to other factors that still aren’t yet known. 

However, the greatest difficulty of this condition is its diagnosis. Because the symptoms are common to other pathologies and arise slowly, it’s difficult to make an initial diagnosis.

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