Health Days 2021

Celiac Disease Awareness Month


Overview:
  • Celiac disease, or gluten sensitive enteropathy, is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack the small intestine as a result of ingesting gluten-containing foods. The cause of celiac remains unknown, but there are risk factors that could make its onset more likely.
  • Gluten is a protein often found in wheat and barley.
  • Most of the problems associated with celiac have to do with growth and malnutrition due to intestinal damage. 
  • Complications of celiac only affect people who continue to consume gluten.
  • There is no cure for celiac; however, a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet can help manage it. 
Facts: 
  • Celiac is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. 
  • Celiac is a genetic disease that parents pass down to their children. It only develops if a person was born with a specific gene. 
  • Some mild cases of celiac may result in no symptoms, and only a diagnosis can prove that a person has celiac.  
  • Some people could get symptoms after consuming gluten once, while others could get them after consuming gluten a few times.
  • Symptoms could include:   
    • Diarrhea (the most common symptom)
    • Disorders in the digestive system (e.g. nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, bloating and constipation)
    • Loss of appetite
    • The appearance of fats with feces; as they may not be absorbed into the body
    • Fatigue and tiredness due to the poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients
    • Unexplained weight loss
Objectives:  
Raise awareness about the disease.  

Official date:
  • Globally: 1-30 May 2021
  • Locally: 19 Ramadan - 19 Shawwal 1442H.
Theme:
«Raise Your Voice!»
 

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Last Update : 24 February 2022 01:31 PM
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