If you’re curious about celiac disease, take our short quiz to see how much you know about the lesser known symptoms.
Q: How do symptoms of celiac disease in children differ from symptoms of celiac disease in adults?
a) There is no substantial difference between celiac disease in adults and in children.
b) There is a difference between adults and children. Adults can have a host of symptoms, or show no symptoms. Children however will almost always show signs of weight loss or failure to thrive. Some children also experience abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
c) Children generally show no symptoms and can be difficult to diagnose. Adults almost always show the same set of symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss.
d) Celiac disease is only found in adults and not in children.
Answer: b) There is a difference between adults and children.
Q: Is weight gain one of the symptoms of celiac disease?
a) Yes, nearly every one with celiac disease gains weight.
b) No, celiac disease generally manifests itself as weight loss and emaciation rather than weight gain.
c) Weight gain can occur due to an increased appetite caused by the lack of nutrition being absorbed by the intestines.
d) a and c
Answer: c) Weight gain can occur due to increased appetite. While this does happen, it is not with everyone. Weight loss is a more often reported symptom with celiac disease than weight gain.
Q: Do symptoms of celiac disease in women differ from those in men?
a) Women do not get celiac disease.
b) Men tend to report more symptoms than do women and have a more serious condition.
c) Men do not get celiac disease.
d) Both men and women can be diagnosed with celiac disease and can have the same symptoms.
Answer: d) Both men and women can have celiac disease. Symptoms differ from person to person but do not typically change based on sex. Common symptoms include abdominal cramping, muscle aches, a chronic itchy rash, anemia, diarrhea, weight loss, weight gain, moodiness, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, inability to concentrate, moodiness and dizziness.
How did you fare? Did you learn something new? While celiac disease is a serious condition, it is treatable. Most patients find that adopting a gluten free diet they can completely eliminate the symptoms of celiac disease. If you believe you may have celiac disease, seek the advice of your family doctor to determine the right treatment plan. With some planning and a good attitude, you’ll be on the road to a gluten free lifestyle and improved health.