Celiac Disease is essentially a state of extreme gluten sensitivity. This is an autoimmune disease that doesn’t have any other established cause or origin. People who are suffering from Celiac Disease cannot digest foods that contain gluten. This substance is found among most of the carbohydrate-rich foods. This means that Celiac Disease patients need to be very particular about their choice of foods. The smallest of mistakes in eating a food with the most minimal amount of gluten can induce digestive problems, including instant diarrhea or even vomiting and nausea. Celiac Disease is mainly a problem of the small intestines. Among the sufferers of this food allergy condition, the small, finger-like projections called villi that are needed for maintaining the motility of food and absorption of various nutrients tend to be shrunk in size and allergic to gluten—the most basic protein found among common carbohydrate foods like grains, maize and wheat.
The symptoms of Celiac Disease are also called ‘autoimmune reaction’ since there is no other explanation for this disease. However, now it has been established that among some people, Celiac Disease can surface as a neurological problem. This means that Celiac Disease is more likely to be prevalent among people who are already suffering from neurological problems like depression or anxiety. Please understand that this aspect of Celiac Disease is not a mere theory. It is based on some very credible facts. It has already been established that IBS or irritable bowel syndrome that is essentially a state of hypersensitivity of the intestines often occurs due to unresolved neurological conditions. This is why people who are prone to panicking, anxiety, mood swings, depression or those who are suffering from neurological problems that impairs their sleeping patterns are more likely to develop IBS. This is a logical conclusion that is accepted across the globe by psychologists and leading gastroenterologists.
The relation between Celiac Disease and the hypersensitivity or underdevelopment of the intestinal villi is related in the same way. This doesn’t mean that every patient suffering from Celiac Disease has a neurological history but instead, most patients with a history of neurological problems are more vulnerable to developing Celiac Disease. This is a rather serious medical condition wherein the individual becomes malnourished over a period; regardless of how nutritious is the food since the entire digestive system is impaired. This means mal-absorption of food. If not treated properly, Celiac Disease can cause chronic and even critical healthcare problems like osteoporosis, cancer and anemia.
There is another logical theory that relates Celiac Disease to neurological conditions. It has been seen that people who often suffer from seizures, such as epileptic patients, are prone to developing a chronic case of Celiac Disease. Yes, Celiac Disease has a genetic pre-disposition, i.e. some people are congenitally vulnerable to being afflicted with this disease. However, the disease is actually triggered-off in such people when they undergo a stressful event or develop neurological problems like sleeping problems. This is underlined by the fact that nearly 10 percent of celiac disease patients also have a neurological condition. The most common of neurological conditions among such folks includes peripheral neuropathy, such as Ataxia—a neurological condition where the patients suffers from uncoordinated bodily movements and has an unusual gait. In fact, a history of food allergy can even cause a mental illness or a neurological disease. Many patients who have chronically being suffering from Celiac Disease are even more prone to developing neurological diseases.