Celiac Disease and Ataxia
What is Ataxia?
Ataxia is not a specific disease. It is actually a symptom in many conditions that affect the nervous system. Ataxia causes clumsiness or loss of balance and coordination that is not due to muscle weakness. Often times, people suffering from ataxia have trouble using their fingers, hands, arms and legs, as well as trouble speaking and moving their eyes. Ataxia is caused by damage to the cerebellum, which is the section of the brain that controls coordination.
What is the Connection between Ataxia and Celiac Disease?
- Ataxia appears in various genetic disorders, and it has been found in many people with immune system problems
- This condition may be caused by vitamin deficiencies, especially lack of Vitamin E and Vitamin B12
- Ataxia may also be a symptom of non-celiac gluten sensitivity
Where Can I Learn More?
Do you or a family member suffer from ataxia? You may have celiac disease. Find out now. Take our Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist.