Monday, July 13, 2009

What Is Celiac Disease & Do I Have It?

How do you know if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Good question, but there are not many good answers. This disorder is widely unknown and misdiagnosed most of the time by physicians. It could manifest itself as skin rashes, digestion issues, etc. I am not a doctor, but what I do know is that the medical world is slow to accept change or new ideas. It unfortunately takes decades for things like this to gain wide acceptance in the medical world before it is taken seriously. The Mayo Clinic explains the disease as follows.

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. If you have celiac disease and eat foods containing gluten, an immune reaction occurs in your small intestine, causing damage to the surface of your small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients.

Eventually, the decreased absorption of nutrients (malabsorption) that occurs with celiac disease can cause vitamin deficiencies that deprive your brain, peripheral nervous system, bones, liver and other organs of vital nourishment. This can lead to other illnesses and stunted growth in children.

No treatment can cure celiac disease. However, you can effectively manage celiac disease through changing your diet.

They have a link on their website to make an appointment to discuss this with patients. So no matter who is blogging or trying to sell you something, talk to a professional to make sure that you have this problem before self medicating. So many times people are fed information that is well intended, but not correct for the person whom is processing it.


Susan Jones

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