Signs and Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance and Allergies  

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 Signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance

The main signs and symptoms associated with gluten intolerance are due to the inadequate absorption of nutrients from food. This condition results in:

  • Abdominal bloating and pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Foul-smelling gas and stool
  • Steatorrhea (an increased amount of fat in the stool)

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with gluten intolerance occur as a result of the malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies often caused by the condition. These may include:

  • Anemia. Due to a lack of absorption of vitamin B12 and iron.
  • Weight loss. Due to poor absorption of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
  • Bone pain and osteoporosis. Due to a lack of absorption of vitamin D.
  • Swelling (often around the ankles and feet). Due to fluid retention.
  • Nerve damage. Due to deficiencies of B12 and thiamine.

The signs and symptoms displayed by gluten intolerant individuals vary in type and severity depending on the person. Age is usually a significant factor in how the disease presents itself.

  • Infants:

    Diarrhea (common)
    Steatorrhea (common)
    Abdominal cramps
    Muscle wasting
    Poor growth

  • Older children:                                                           Diarrhea (common)
    Steatorrhea (common)
    Weight loss
    Behavioral problems
    Short stature

  • Adults:                                                             Diarrhea
    Steatorrhea

Symptoms may begin in childhood or adulthood. As a child reaches adolescence, the symptoms of gluten intolerance may be reduced or disappear, though they often return during adulthood.

It is also important to note that while some people with gluten tolerance suffer severe symptoms, some suffer from none at all.

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