Celiac disease is a disorder in which eating gluten causes an immune response in your body, which in turn can cause inflammation and damage to your small intestine. It’s a serious problem if left unchecked, especially as gluten is found in so many food products. Gluten is a protein that you get in grains like wheat and barley, and it’s often hard to avoid. Around 1% of the population has celiac disease. Here are seven signs to look out for which might indicate you have the disease.

1. Diarrhoea

If you find that you routinely or regularly have diarrhoea, then that can be a sign of this disease. In particular, a watery stool is an indicator of celiac disease – and one of the first symptoms that arise. Of course, diarrhoea can be caused by many problems, so alone it is not definitive.

2. Bloating

As with diarrhoea, bloating can be the result of a huge range of problems, so it is hard to know when it is the result of celiac disease. Nonetheless, it is something to look out for, and if you have it in line with some of the other symptoms, then that’s something to note.

3. Excess Gas

Something else that might happen if you have celiac disease is that you might start producing more gas than usual. In fact, this is one of the most common symptoms out there, so if you have this – especially after eating gluten – you should pay attention to that and not ignore it.

4. Fatigue

Although there might be many reasons why you can get tired more than usual, if you find yourself feeling regularly fatigued after eating gluten, and you have some of the other signs of the disease, then this could be another sign that you have it.

5. Constipation

It’s strange that you can have constipation as well as diarrhoea, but it’s true. You might have a little of both, in that you are mostly constipated but then your stool is loose, or you might have one and then the other. Also, it might be that you get constipation, while the next celiac sufferer gets diarrhoea or vice versa.

6. Depression

Although a hard one to pin down because of its many potential causes, it is very common for celiac disease sufferers to experience depression in line with the other symptoms being mentioned here. Studies have found that people with this disease are more likely to have depression than the healthy population of adults.

7. Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Known more commonly as an itchy rash, this can occur on the knees, elbows or buttocks, and it can be very frustrating indeed. Around 17% of people with celiac disease get this kind of rash, and you might even get it without having the other digestive problems that normally come with the disease. So this is also something to look out for.

As you can see, there are many signs to keep an eye out for if you are worried about celiac disease. If you think you have it, it is best to see your doctor.

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