Definition: The coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease (the immune system fights the body’s cells because it mistakenly considers them enemies) due to the intolerance at a fraction of gluten: the gliadin. It causes a severe decrease of the villi of the intestinal mucosa (small intestinal structure). This results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients.
Symptoms of gluten intolerance:
- Abdominal pain ;
- Steatorrhea and chronic diarrhea;
- Weight loss;
- Bone Diseases;
- Skin pigmentation;
- Tetany (involuntary contractions of muscles)