Symptoms of Celiac Disease – Celiac Disease Types

Celiac disease (CD) is a severe multi-system autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people, affecting about 1% of the population worldwide. In which gluten (a protein found in cereal grains such as wheat, barley, and rye) ingestion results in damage in the small intestine. People who have Celiac disease, undiagnosed are at risk for long-term health complications.

Autoimmune bowl damage is the hallmark characteristic of celiac disease and typically involves disgusting atrophy, crypt hyperplasia, and increased intraepithelial lymphocytes. Symptoms of the Celiac disease may be subclinical, varying from gastrointestinal upset to severe malabsorption and malnutrition. The skin, nervous system, and multi-system involvement is also recognized. There is no cure, but strict avoidance of gluten-containing foods can reverse both enteric and extra-intestinal exhibitions of the disease.

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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

For adults include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating and gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

Less than half of people with celiac disease had different signs and symptoms to the digestive system, including:

  • Anemia, usually from iron deficiency
  • Fluid retention
  • Infertility
  • Loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of the bone (osteomalacia)
  • Itchy, blistery skin rash
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Persistent hunger
  • Nervous system injury
  • Joint pain

Kids with celiac disease are more likely to suffer digestive problems than adults, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Swollen belly
  • Nerve damage, leading to tingling in legs and feet
  • Muscle wasting, weakness, and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Pale, foul-smelling stools with excess fat in them

Variations in symptoms may depend on:

  • the amount of gluten consumed
  • the age at which a person starts eating gluten
  • the level of damage to the small intestine

Let’s discuss a few of the symptoms of celiac disease in detail:

  1. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is among the most severe signs of celiac disease. Within a few days to a few weeks, medication would mitigate and overcome diarrhea. The soft, watery stool is one of the first signs several people experience before the celiac disease identified. Diarrhea decreased for many patients within a few days of treatment, but the average time for symptoms to fully resolved was four weeks.

  1. Bloating

Bloating is one such common symptom encountered by people with celiac disease. Celiac disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract, which can contribute to bloating and various other adverse digestive problems. Gluten has also shown to induce digestive issues, such as bloating, for those without celiac disease.

  1. Gas

Excess gas is a common digestive problem that those with untreated celiac disease experience.

  1. Fatigue

Decreased energy levels and fatigue are prevalent in people with celiac disease. Celiac patients who are untreated significantly have more severe fatigue and fatigue-related problems than those on a gluten-free diet. Furthermore, untreated celiac disease may cause damage to the small intestine, resulting in deficits of vitamins and minerals, which can also contribute to exhaustion.

  1. Weight loss

A quick drop in weight and difficulty gaining weight on are often initial signs of celiac disease. Weight loss is because your body’s ability to absorb nutrients is defective, which can probably lead to malnutrition and weight loss. However, following a gluten-free diet usually helps people maintaining their bodies suffering from this disease.

  1. Iron Deficiency Anemia

Celiac disease can affect the absorption of nutrients and can contribute to anemia with an iron deficiency, a disorder caused by a lack of red blood cells in the body. Symptoms of anemia with an iron deficiency cause tiredness, fatigue, chest pain, vomiting, and dizziness.

  1. Constipation

While in some people, celiac disease can induce diarrhea, in others, it may cause constipation. Celiac disease affects the intestinal villi, which are short, finger-like projections that are responsible for absorbing nutrients in the small intestine. The intestinal villi are unable to absorb nutrients because food passes through the digestive tract entirely and may often instead absorb extra moisture from the stubble. Constipation leads to a stubble that is hard to move, leading to illness. Nevertheless, even those with celiac disease may find it challenging, preventing constipation even on a strict gluten-free diet. Constipation is because a gluten-free diet leaves out many high-fiber items, such as wheat, which can lead to lower fiber intake and lower stool frequency.

  1. Depression

Psychological symptoms such as fatigue are also common in comparison to the many physical symptoms of celiac disease. Depression is more frequent and severe in adults with celiac disease than in the general population. Nevertheless, the likelihood of depression may be that following a long-term, gluten-free diet.

  1. Itchy Rash

Celiac disease may cause dermatitis herpetiformis, a type of itchy skin rash that may appear on the elbows, knees, or buttocks. Surprisingly enough, certain people without other digestive symptoms usually associated with celiac disease can experience this skin rash. Also, less than 10 percent of celiac patients who acquire dermatitis herpetiformis report celiac d gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Symptoms of Celiac Disease More Commonly to Women

We looked at the 9 Signs or Symptoms of Celiac Disease in women here. Different individuals experience various signs of the disease.

Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the World

In many developed countries, such as the USA and the UK and Australia, dietitians who have specialized in food allergies; thus, being able to educate and conduct research in this field and can facilitate shopping skills, cooking skills, and modifying recipes. North and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa have registered celiac disease; the Middle East, Iran, and India. Although the exact prevalence of celiac disease in Pakistan is not known, the thought to be a common disorder present in all four provinces.

What to Eat when diagnosed Celiac Disease to Improve Your Health & Cure the Celiac Disease

Eating gluten-free food will help you to maintain health in a balanced way. You can read about it all here: What to Eat with celiac disease. Some people argued that buy just staying away from gluten a bit different can happen in your body.

A question that puzzles most us when we get sick for a lengthy period, and when you have these symptoms and diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you told mostly to go Gluten-Free, and you’ll get better. Have you ever asked yourself the question: Can the human body heal itself? I did ask myself a while back. You can read about it all in this article, “Can Human Body Heal Itself – Capability to Heal Without Mediation & Surgery.”

Types of Celiac Disease

Patients who have Classical Celiac disease show signs and symptoms of malabsorption, including diarrhea, foul-smelling fatty stools, growth failure in kids.

In Non-classical Celiac disease, patients have mild gastrointestinal signs with slight and unclear signs of malabsorption. They may be showing more chronic symptoms, including chronic migraine, chronic fatigue, hypertransaminasemia, osteoporosis, unexplained infertility, dental enamel effects, and more.

I’ve mentioned and discuss a few types of Celiac Disease below:

Good & Bad Villus
Celiac Disease Villus
  • Silent Celiac Disease

The kind of Celiac disease also termed asymptomatic that shows very little to almost no symptoms but still might experience villous atrophy damage in their small intestine.

  • Refractory Celiac Disease

For rare cases, celiac bowel damage does not respond to a strict gluten-free diet. That classified as a refractory celiac disorder. If, after following a gluten-free diet for six months or one year, you still have signs and symptoms, you may need more research to search for other reasons for your symptoms.

  • The Bottom Line

In Celiac disease, the immune system responds to eating gluten by damaging the small intestine. When people suffering from this disorder eat gluten, their body triggers an immune response that attacks the small intestine, specifically the tiny finger-like projections that line the intestine for absorption purposes destroyed.


It is genetic, the people with a first-degree relative have a 1 in 10 risks of developing celiac disease. When left untreated, celiac disease or infection can trigger various adverse side effects, including digestive problems, nutritional deficiencies, weight loss, and fatigue. When you think you have celiac disease, talk to your doctor about getting tested. For people living with celiac disease, the only current treatment for it is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. Must avoid ingestible include any food that has wheat, rye, and barley as an ingredient such as bread and beer.

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  1. Thanks a lot for sharing with us this informative article about Symptoms of Celiac Disease.
    For a long time I have been searching the internet for information on this disease but I have found only useless explanations and most often information that is not true. I think each one of us has had the experience of searching the internet for different symptoms and finding out that we don’t actually have that disease.
    For me this is the first time I hear about celiac disease. It is good to always know the symptoms and at this moment this article helps me to prevent this disease. 
    Your articles are amazing and I mean that going to the doctor for me means reading your articles. If you don’t mind, I would like to share this post on my Facebook account.

    1. Thanks Nimrod

      The internet is not always having what you need, the intent of the writters are different. My intent when starting to write was to share valuable information to the best of my ability. I would really appreciate is you can share it. Thanks a lot for comment, it really encourages me to write more articles if it adds value.

  2. Thank you for this very thorough post on Celiac Disease Lucky. I work with a colleague who has struggled with managing her Celiac Disease for many years, and just as you conclude in your post, she sticks to a strict gluten-free diet to manage her illness. Close attention to nutrition and daily exercise has enabled her health to improve, and to live with her a serious health condition like Celiac’s Disease, that can be a seriously debilitating illness for many people. 

    1. True Rui. Celiac disease it is very bad when you are having it, one needs to watch carefully what they eat and making sure that you gives your body the correct nutrients and exercising it. That way it will be able to start fighting the right fight against the disease rather than itself. Thanks again and I hope she will follow the correct diet and recover from this. 

  3. Hi Lucky, this is a very interesting article about a condition that I am just hearing  of, and finding out about. I. live in the tropics in Jamaica, and from time to time we hear of people having a lot of those symptoms that you listed. I am now wondering if it could be a sign of this disease. I note that gluten should be avoided in persons who might have it. In my country people eat bread but there are many people who never eat bread and their carbs come mainly from yam, cassava, green bananas and sweet potatoes and rice. Celiac sounds like a condition I would never like to have but I am wiser after having read this article. Thank you

    1. Thanks JJ for your comment. Yes many people sometimes see these symptoms but because they don’t know about the disease, they turn to suspect other disease. What is shocking is that even the Medical Doctor quite a number of them world wide don’t take this disease into consideration when patients mentioning these symptoms, they rather test for other disease leaving this one out. That is why I said on my post for Celiac Disease I said it is overlooked. Hence I wanted to inform the public that this disease if out there and it can make your life a complicated one. Thanks again for your comment.

  4. Hi Lucky,

    I have heard about Celiac Disease but, didn’t really know what it was all about. 

    I see gluten is a major factor related to celiac disease. I see it also has a genetic connection. You have done a great job with your research and communicating it to the reader. I am also glad to see that certain countries are regulating the disease with proper diet. You have done an excellent job of listing the symptoms. Also I have gained the knowledge that there are more than one type of celiac disease. 1 in 10 have a genetic connection. Living with a disease attacking your small intestine I am sure would be pretty nasty. It is amazing how crucial a role diet plays in many diseases.

    Very informative and well presented. Thank you.

    Best wishes,


    1. Thanks lesabre

      Many people know that there is such a disease but don’t really know what exactly is all about it, that made me to pick the topic. When going through the internet very few that cover the topic in a broader aspect, majority only highlight on what is it all about.

      Yes,  genetics also plays a role. When someone in a family diagnosed with Celiac Disease, it is safer to watch closely the symptoms and if there is any similarities get tested. 

      Diet is very much important when it comes not only to Celiac Disease, but in our human life. We can achieve a lot with just diet, apart from medication. As Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

      I am glad if to make people to understand rather than highlighting them. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Thanks for this informative article! Most of the people are not aware of these type of diseases and leave the symptoms uncared. Well explained about each symptom. This really helps one to understand and follow a proper diet.

    1. Thanks Kavitha, It is true that there are still a lot of people that still don’t know about this disease and its symptoms. But I am hoping that we will cover that gab slowly.

  6. Thank you for sharing this information about Celiac Disease. Gluten-free diets are popular and in the news so often these days, but for people with Celiac Disease going gluten-free is not simply a fad dietary choice, it’s essential for their health. I appreciate you sharing the facts and symptoms of the disease. It is up to us to be our own health advocates. Posts like this help keep us more informed.

    1. Thanks Rebecca, for your comment. Each individuals needs to be their health advocates, you only have one organs and if you don’t take care of it you suffer the consequence.

  7. HI

    I have never heard of the disease before, so this was very interesting for me to read about. It is amazing how something like gluten can cause some very serious within the human body or at least the body’s ability to cope with gluten that is in their diet. Thank you for writing this article, it was informative.

  8. Thanks for the article. I was interested to read this as a friend had suffered with some type of illness but went undiagnosed for quite some time. He lost a huge amount of weight and was not well at all, including depression (not helped probably with not knowing what the problem was). Finally, he was diagnosed as a Celiac and has since been on the improve with strict adherence to diet and gluten free products. Thanks for the information.

  9. Thank you for this article!
    I’ve learned a lot. There is so much gluten-free articles on the web, I found this one very informative . Nice job!

  10. Thanks for this article. Useful to be aware of for sure. We are what we eat and this article definetly helps to address any early symptoms of Celiac Disease. Thanks for the informative read.

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