Punjabi Americans Most Likely to be Diagnosed with Celiac Disease
Americans of Indian Punjabi descent who are concerned about gluten sensitivity might want to get tested for Celiac disease.
According to a new study on American patients, Indian-American Punjabis are more likely to be diagnosed with Celiac disease than other ethnicities in the US, and men and women of all ethnicities are equally likely to live with the condition.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to digest gluten. An autoimmune disorder is one in which the body’s immune system, which defends the body against disease, unintentionally attacks itself. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Symptoms of celiac disease include indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, migraines and joint pain. If left untreated, celiac disease can lead to other disorders like diabetes, neurological problems, infertility, intestinal cancers, migraines and other autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis (when the body attacks its own nervous system), anemia (lacking healthy red blood cells) and dermatitis herpetiformis (chronically dry and itchy skin).