Living with Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder characterized by a sensitivity to a protein commonly found in wheat, rye, and barley. The protein is called gluten. When a person with the disease eats a gluten containing food, an immune response is triggered which causes inflammation and potential damage to the intestines. The damage may cause nutrient malabsorption, in which the body is unable to process important nutrients from the diet. Symptoms of the disorder can include bloating, diarrhea, and anemia.

Dietary supplements available over-the-counter can help correct nutrient deficiencies. To correct anemia and support healthy red blood cells, vitamin B9 (folic acid) may be beneficial. A calcium acetate supplement such as PhosLo may also be needed to help maintain strong bones. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen throughout all parts of the body. If iron deficiency is found to be a problem, an iron supplement such as Feosol may be used.