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Digestive Issues

Celiac disease is associated with causing a number of digestive symptoms including bloating, gas, constipation and/or chronic diarrhea.

Bloating and Gas:

Bloating can cause abnormal swelling of the abdomen. This results in the feeling of a full or tight abdomen and is often accompanied by discomfort and pain. Gas can also cause bloating. Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’) are just two of the many causes of these symptoms.


Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where the stool is hard, difficult and painful to pass. The most common causes of constipation are poor diet and lack of exercise. Frequent constipation can be a symptom of more serious problem or health issue and can be an indicator of a disease or health condition like celiac disease.


Diarrhea is the condition of having frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. This may be accompanied by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea or an urgent need to use the bathroom. Chronic diarrhea may be a symptom of a chronic disease. For someone with celiac disease, diarrhea is often caused by malabsorption, the inability to absorb nutrients from food.

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