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List of Common Diet Related Diseases

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author image Martin Hughes
Martin Hughes is a chiropractic physician, health writer and the co-owner of a website devoted to natural footgear. He writes about health, fitness, diet and lifestyle. Hughes earned his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore.
List of Common Diet Related Diseases
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Overview

Numerous diseases are caused or provoked by dietary factors. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the type and quantity of food or beverages you consume can have a significant effect on your health. In some cases, the food you eat may cause certain diseases or symptoms to manifest. Diet-related diseases can affect most of your body's systems, depending on your specific disease. Diet-related diseases can be mild, moderate or severe.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a diet-related disease that affects your small intestine. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, celiac disease is caused by a gluten intolerance that interferes with your absorption of nutrients from food. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley. Although gluten is usually found in foods, it may also be found in consumer products such as medicines, vitamins and lip balms. Common signs and symptoms associated with celiac disease include diarrhea that comes and goes, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, irritability, depression, anemia or decreased red blood cells, upset stomach, joint pain, muscle cramps, skin rash and mouth sores. According to the NIDDK, more than 2 million Americans have celiac disease. Celiac disease affects people in all parts of the world.

Acne Vulgaris

Acne vulgaris, or simply acne, is a diet-related disease, especially common among American teenagers. Acne can be distressing, annoying and persistent. Acne lesions heal slowly and are often replaced by new blemishes. Although hormones are believed to be the most common cause of acne among teenagers, other possible causes include abnormal shedding of dead skin cells, a buildup of bacteria and certain dietary factors, such as the consumption of breads, bagels, chips and foods containing refined sugar, according to the MayoClinic.com. Any food that causes your blood sugar to spike may contribute to acne lesion formation. Common signs and symptoms associated with acne include whiteheads or blackheads that usually manifest on your face, papules or small, red and raised bumps that are tender when pressed, pustules, nodules and cysts.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a diet-related disease that causes significant abdominal discomfort. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, irritable bowel syndrome occurs when smooth muscle in your large intestine contracts slower or faster than normal. The UMMC states that between 10 and 20 percent of people in the United States experience irritable bowel syndrome at some point in their lives, and that the condition affects almost twice as many women as men. Common signs and symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, cramping, gasiness, sudden episodes of diarrhea and constipation. According to the UMMC, diet plays a significant roll in irritable bowel syndrome. Fatty foods, artificial sweeteners, chemical additives, red meat, dairy products, chocolate, alcohol, carbonated beverages and any food that contains gluten may cause or contribute to irritable bowel syndrome.

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