Celiac Disease

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea after eating certain foods, it may be a sign of Celiac Disease. Also known as celiac sprue, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive system when gluten-containing grains are consumed.

What Causes Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is a genetic disorder that occurs when gluten proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye are ingested. This triggers an immune response that causes damage to the small intestine. As a result, people with Celiac Disease cannot properly absorb nutrients from food, leading to multiple health problems.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

While symptoms can vary from person to person, some of the most common symptoms associated with Celiac Disease include:

Diagnosing Celiac Disease

A diagnosis of Celiac Disease should be done by a qualified physician or gastroenterologist to ensure that other conditions are ruled out. A variety of tests can help determine if you have the condition, including blood tests for specific antibodies and an endoscopy to check for damage in the small intestine.

Treating Celiac Disease

Treatment for Celiac Disease involves the elimination of all gluten-containing foods from the diet. This may require careful reading of food labels and dietary modifications to ensure that no gluten is consumed. In addition, a physician may recommend vitamin and mineral supplements to help with any deficiencies caused by malabsorption of nutrients due to Celiac Disease.

Although there is currently no cure for Celiac Disease, following a strict gluten-free diet can help reduce symptoms and improve overall health.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that living with Celiac Disease can be challenging. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the condition:

Q: What foods should I avoid if I have Celiac Disease? 

A: Any food containing wheat, barley, rye, or oats should be avoided for those with Celiac Disease. This includes most breads, grains, pastas, and baked goods.

Q: Can I ever eat foods with gluten again? 

A: People with Celiac Disease should remain on a strict gluten-free diet for life in order to avoid health complications. However, some individuals may be able to reintroduce small amounts of gluten into their diet without experiencing symptoms.

Q: Is there a cure for Celiac Disease?

A: Currently, there is no cure for Celiac Disease. The best way to manage the condition is by following a strict gluten-free diet and regularly visiting your healthcare provider.

Q: Can you develop Celiac Disease?

A: Yes, Celiac Disease can develop at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and adolescence.

 

Living with Celiac Disease

When properly managed, people with Celiac Disease can live a healthy, happy life. By following a strict gluten-free diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress levels, individuals with Celiac Disease can lead a normal, active life.

If you think you may have Celiac Disease, it is important to see the experts at Allied Digestive for diagnosis and treatment. With the right care, individuals with Celiac Disease can enjoy an active lifestyle free from symptoms.

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