Celiac.com 01/16/2015 - Most people with celiac disease suffer from classic symptoms like weight-loss and diarrhea before diagnosis, right? Wrong. In fact, the most common medical issues for people with celiac disease might really surprise you.

Photo: CC--Kirian FosterA team of researchers who recently looked at data on 770 celiac patients admitted to S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital from January 1998 to December 2012, found that even though 80% of people with celiac disease have symptoms other than diarrhea, only 1 in 3 people with celiac disease shows classical malabsorption symptoms.

Notably, two out of three people with celiac disease show non-classical symptoms. The majority of people have non-gastrointestinal symptoms. In fact, the top ten medical complaints of people with celiac disease are:

  1. Osteopenia/Osteoporosis—a full 52% of patients with celiac disease suffer from osteopenia/osteoporosis.
  2. Anemia—about one in three celiacs (34%) suffer from anemia.
  3. Cryptogenic hypertransaminasemia—nearly one-third (29%) of people with celiac disease, have what is called cryptogenic hypertransaminasemia.
  4. Diarrhea is, in fact, a common gastrointestinal symptom of celiac disease, but believe it or not, only 27% of people with symptomatic celiac disease experienced diarrhea.
  5. Bloating—20% of celiacs complained of bloating prior to diagnosis.
  6. Aphthous stomatitis—18% of people with symptomatic celiac disease had canker sores as one of their symptoms.
  7. Alternating bowel habit—15% of celiacs with symptoms have alternating bowel habit
  8. Constipation—13% of celiacs have constipation as a symptom.
  9. Gastroesophageal reflux disease—About 12% of people with celiac disease suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  10. Recurrent miscarriages—just over one in ten (12%) people with celiac disease experience recurrent miscarriages

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