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    Factors Influencing Symptoms continued...

    Another factor is how much gluten the patient's diet contained. Gluten is a type of protein. Foods that contain gluten have ingredients that include:

    • Wheat
    • Rye
    • Barley

    Some patients will not have any symptoms of the disease, because their intestine is still able to absorb a sufficient amount of nutrients to prevent them.

    Nevertheless, the disease will still take its toll. It should be treated as early as possible to avoid possible long-term effects of the disease, such as:

    • Malnutrition
    • Liver diseases
    • Cancers of the intestine (in rare cases)

    The importance of recognizing symptoms early -- and beginning a gluten-free diet -- is hard to overstate.

    In children and teens, the disease can stunt growth and delay or shorten puberty. Hair loss and dental problems may also occur among young people who continue to eat gluten.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 03, 2014
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