What can cause Malabsorption syndrome?
Malabsorption can be caused by cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, lactose intolerance, overuse of laxatives, foreign travel, intestinal surgery and even drinking too much of the hard stuff.
In the case of undiagosed Celiac Disease, the body is unable to break down and absorb gluten proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. This in turn causes damage to the small intestine, making it less and less able to move the food along the GI tract.
There is also a tendency to not absorb fats, leading to stools that are greasy and difficult to flush away.
Left untreated, the sufferer can lose weight at an alarming rate, even if they are always hungry and eat plenty of food.