Celiac Disease, Know about it
- Posted on: May 15 2019
It may seem like everyone and their mom is gluten intolerant, but did you know that there is a difference between being gluten intolerant and having Celiac disease? Celiac disease is actually an autoimmune condition that causes digestive issues in patients when they eat gluten. To help you stay in the know, we have answered some basic questions for you so that the next time that you run into someone who has Celiac, you know about it.
How Is It Caused?
Gluten is a protein that’s found in flour. When someone has Celiac disease, their body has an immune response to that protein by attacking the small intestine. This attack can damage the villi which help your intestine absorb ution. The result? You’re unable to get the proper nutrient that you need from food which can cause a bunch of health concerns.
What are symptoms?
Symptoms for patients with Celiac disease varies depending on age.
Symptoms in adults include:
- Dermatitis herpetiformis, an itchy, blistery rash on the buttocks, elbows, or torso
- Osteoporosis or osteomalacia (bone loss or softening)
- Persistent fatigue
- Frequent headaches
- Joint pain
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Damaged dental enamel
- Sores or ulcers in the mouth
Symptoms in Children Include:
- Poor appetite
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Poor muscle tone or muscle atrophy
- Late puberty
Is there a Cure?
There Is currently no cure for Celiac disease. Patients who have this disease are guided and encouraged to follow a gluten free diet. A gluten free diet will allow the small intestine to heal and will help your body to absorb the proper nutrients that it needs.
If you think that you may have Celiac disease, contact us at our Concorde office today and give us a call at 212-889-5544.
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