Thriving with Celiac Disease

The NCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating & advocating for individuals with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities, their families, and communities throughout the country.

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National Celiac Association 5k Fun Run/Walk

Saturday October 26, 2024!

The NCA actively supports & nurtures all those who are part of the gluten-free community.

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Signs and Symptoms + Related Conditions

There are over 200 symptoms of celiac disease and they vary so widely that there is no such thing as a typical case. Many people do not experience any of the gastrointestinal symptoms that were previously thought to typify the condition. These individuals often face a delay in diagnosis.

Hover over the different parts of the body to see some of the most common symptoms of untreated/undiagnosed celiac disease. Some symptoms may persist on a gluten-free diet, however, most will resolve.

This is not a complete list of symptoms.

Please note: This page is not intended to self-diagnose. Please see a healthcare provider for your personalized healthcare needs.

  • Brain fog/inability to concentrate
  • Headaches
  • Balance problems
  • Seizures
  • Ataxia (uncoordinated movements)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Peripheral neuropathy (numbness/tingling in hands/feet)
  • ADHD-like symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Impaired night vision & dry eye
  • Canker sores
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dental enamel defects
  • Dry mouth
  • A red, smooth/shiny tongue
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmune thyroid dysfunction (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
  • Esophagitis
  • Reflux
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE)
  • Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Bloating/distention
  • Stool abnormalities
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Gas
  • Lactose intolerance due to damage to the small intestine
  • Loose, greasy, bulky, or bad-smelling stools
  • Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
  • Infertility (males and females)
  • Miscarriage
  • Ovarian dysfunction (including polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Menopausal and perimenopausal disorder
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Autoimmune (sclerosing) cholangitis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Thrombosis and thromboembolism
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Arrhythmia
  • Hyposplenism
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis (autoimmune)
  • Atopic dermatitis (itchy rash)
  • Alopecia areata (autoimmune)
  • Vitiligo (autoimmune)
  • Anemia
  • Edema/swelling
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Osteopenia/osteoporosis, pain in bones and joints
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Children with CeD may exhibit any of the previously listed symptoms as well as:

  • Failure to thrive (slowed growth and short height)
  • Delayed puberty
  • ADHD-like symptoms

NCA’s programs are designed to help you thrive at all ages and stages in life.

Kids & Teens

Raising Our Celiac Kids (ROCK) is a program for kids and teens as well as their parents/caregivers to help navigate the experiences unique to this age group.

College Resources

Moving away from home the first time is an exciting time in your life.  Continuing to live a healthy gluten-free life at college is absolutely doable!  It just requires a bit of advance planning, communication and a peek behind the scenes of university food services.  

Senior Resources

Seniors with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can face situations that no other age group may encounter. Use these resources to empower you to live your best life!

Feeding Gluten Free

Feeding Gluten Free coordinates donations of GF food to where the known need is, pays for shipping of these donations, as well as purchases GF food when necessary. We also work with individuals to help identify local resources, how to prepare affordable GF meals and snacks and ways to maximize their grocery budget.

Webinars

The National Celiac Association and the Harvard Medical School Celiac Education & Research Program are co-hosting a series of 75-minute virtual meetings. Speakers present on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.

Our Sponsors

We are so grateful for our corporate supporters, listed below.

Show your support for your gluten-free community!