Over 300 symptoms have been linked to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. How is this possible? Why do symptoms vary so much from person to person? Cheryl Harris, RD, MPH explains. The end of the video touches on why health professionals miss celiac disease so often...they were taught to look for emaciated children, when in fact anyone at any age and body mass index can be afflicted.
A final note, medical testing before trying the gluten-free diet is recommended as the antibodies the tests measure disappear quickly once gluten is removed. As Cheryl Harris notes, the gluten-free diet has no down side, but physicians are more serious about treatment when a medical diagnosis is present. Of course, if testing is refused, no second opinion is available, or test results return a "negative" answer but symptoms persist, starting the diet to determine whether health improves is a more prudent course than waiting for a diagnosis that may never arrive.