Gluten can also be found in nonfood items such as lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm, herbal and nutritional supplements, drugs and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, and play dough.
How do I know for sure?
If you’ve noticed that eating foods containing gluten causes problems, talk to your healthcare professional about getting tested. On average, it takes five to 11 years from symptom onset for celiac disease to be diagnosed.3 This is because many of the symptoms of celiac disease are so similar to other diseases, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD), and lactose intolerance. Similar symptoms that overlap between common intestinal conditions may mean that healthcare professionals might not consider testing for celiac disease right away.
Many people are so used to living with—and being embarrassed by—their uncomfortable gastrointestinal issues that they never consider asking for help.
But learning what causes your symptoms now may also help you avoid more serious issues in the future. A missed or incorrect diagnosis of celiac disease can delay treatment and lead to an increased risk of other serious health complications including:
- Bone disease, such as osteoporosis
- Reproductive problems including infertility
- Some intestinal cancers
- Inadequate nutrient absorption
- Delayed growth in children
- Development of additional autoimmune diseases4