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How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

How do symptoms of celiac disease differ from age of onset?

Varied: The symptoms of celiac disease are quite varied. However, failure to thrive (failure to gain weight) is a common symptom in child who are diagnoses with celiac disease. Other symptoms of and pain, diarrhea and nutrient deficiencies can be seen in different age groups. ...Read more

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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...Read more


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Is there a certain age limit you have to be when you get celiacs?

Is there a certain age limit you have to be when you get celiacs?

? limit ?: Some folks have genes that make it more likely they will develop this issue in their lifetime. Others can also develop it. It can emerge at any age when/if the body begins to react to gluten in the abnormal pattern. You could also have the genetic potential but never develop it. ...Read more

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What's the best age to test for celiac disease?

What's the best age to test for celiac disease?

Celiac diagnosis: The age at which you suspect the diagnosis. You test whenever the symptoms occur and are consistent with possible celiac disease. I know of people who have been diagnosed in early childhood and at advanced ages. The oldest person I have seen diagnosed and successfully controlled with diet was my own mother, who i always assumed had been tested decades ago. Just shows we need to think of it more. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease and am about 20 pounds underweight. I am gluten and dairy free but remain severly thin. Will my intestines heal at my age of 54?

I have celiac disease and am about 20 pounds underweight. I am gluten and dairy free but remain severly thin. Will my intestines heal at my age of 54?

Should: If you are truly gluten free & continue to have random IBSD episodes you may want further blood studies to look at cross reacting foods. The disorder is occasionally aggravated by food reactions that are not gluten. Items as diverse as Egg, coffee, cow milk may form IgA antibodies that may need to be eliminated from a diet for improvement to occur. A variety of labs like Cyrex (Phoenix) do these ...Read more

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Do you know about celiac disease?

Yes: To get the best use of this site you need to provide background information and ask a specific question. This is not a chat room & each question goes out at random to the site consultants. No questions are linked & we cannot see anything you upload. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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What is refractory celiac disease?

What is refractory celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: It means that the patient is still experiencing symptoms and side effects of the celiac disease despite disease modifying changes in diet (avoidance of gluten), lifestyle and possibly medication. ...Read more

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Why is celiacs concidered a disease?

Why is celiacs concidered a disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease (cd) is an immune-mediated enteropathy that inflames and destroys the lining of the small intestine. It is triggered in genetically-determined persons by dietary exposure to gluten (protein found in wheat, barley, rye). Distinguish cd from gluten sensitivity where patients manifest GI upset but no inflammation when eating gluten-containing foods. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have celiacs disease?

How to tell if I have celiacs disease?

Get tested: Your primary doc can order the blood screening tests that can identify the population at most risk for celiac disease. If this comes back positive s/he can refer you on to have confirmatory testing done through a gastroenterologist. If positive, you can reduce some gluten in your diet but should remain on some until the intestinal biopsy is done. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have celiacs?

Is it possible for me to have celiacs?

Hard to say: You get more from the site if you actually provide background information, such as symptoms & then ask a related question. Since you provide no info, the answer is also limited. If you think there is any reason to suspect this, meet with your doc and have the tests run. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have celiac disease?

How to tell if you have celiac disease?

Blood test, scope : Screening blood tests can be ordered by your health care provider: tissue transglutaminase IgA and total iga. If positive, consultation with a GI specialist is needed for biopsy of the small intestine obtained through an upper GI endoscopy. It is important not to go on a gluten free diet before diagnosis is made. Labs and biopsy return to normal on gluten free diet (false negative). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with celiacs, now what?

Gluten-free diet: Be vigilant with the diet. Your doctor may want to test you periodically with blood tests to show that the celiac has quieted down while on the diet. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

What are main symptoms of celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: Gastrointestinal symptoms include:
abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion
constipation
decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged)
diarrhea, either constant or off and on
lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment)
nausea and vomiting
stools that float, are foul smelling, bloody, or “fatty”. ...Read more

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Do undiagnosed celiacs feel good some days?

Do undiagnosed celiacs feel good some days?

Yes: It depends on how sensitive you are and what you are eating on any particular day. Some celiac patients have no recognizable celiac symptoms or very mild which is called clinically latent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could have celiacs disease?

Can you tell me if I could have celiacs disease?

No absolute signs: There are some symptoms of celiac that can suggest it enough to start a work-up. The most common ones that I see are: bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia. ...Read more

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I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

I have celiacs. What can I do to get better faster?

Strict gluten free..: Gluten free diet can be difficult. Research hidden sources of gluten, be diligent about gluten contamination from food prep of other household members, and very careful about dining out. It may take as long as 6-12 months for your small bowel damage to heal. Keep in constant contact with your GI specialist. If you aren't feeling better, additional evaluation may be necessary. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of celiacs disease?

Celiac Disease: Gastrointestinal symptoms include: abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion, constipation, decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged), diarrhea, either constant or off and on, lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment), nausea and vomiting, http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001280/. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to gain weight with celiacs disease?

Why is it so hard to gain weight with celiacs disease?

Celiac disease: In celiac disease small bowel mucosa gets damaged from dietary exposure to Gluten resulting in malabsorption. It is important to follow strict Gluten free diet to avoid malabsorption/ weight losst ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if you have celiacs disease?

Can you tell me how to know if you have celiacs disease?

Testing: The gold standard for cd diagnosis has been cited as an intestinal biopsy. A variety of blood tests showing elevated levels of immunoglobulins to tissue transglutaminase and gluten are often a first stage of the investigation. Improvement and reversal of biopsy abnormalities by a gluten free diet is also considered part of the diagnostic criteria. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have celiacs disease? What are the symptoms?

How to tell if I have celiacs disease? What are the symptoms?

Celiac: Celiac disease cannot be diagnosed clinically may times. You may have diarrhea or you may have no symptoms at all. Although a blood test can be done, you really need to see a gastroenterlogist, a doctor who specializes in dieases of the stomach and colon. ...Read more

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Is it possible to transmit celiacs disease to another person?

No.: Celiac is not a communicable disease that can be passed to another person. ...Read more

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Can my children get celiac disease if an adult has it is it hereditrty?

Can my children get celiac disease if an adult has it is it hereditrty?

Increased risk: There are heritable predispositions but it is still more likely the child will NOT develop the disease (4 to 1). ...Read more

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What is celiac disease, what are its causes and symptoms? How is it diagnosed?

What is celiac disease, what are its causes and symptoms? How is it diagnosed?

Celiac disease: In Celiac disease the body reacts to gluten (in wheat and gluten like proteins in rye and barley) in the small intestine causing damage. This limits the intestine's ability to absorb some nutrients. Classically people have loose stool, bloating, and abdominal discomfort but more often are just found when screened for other reasons (like symptoms of a nutritional deficiency like iron or bone loss). ...Read more

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How to get my child with celiacs to gain weight? He likes to eat, but doesn't gain weight?

How to get my child with celiacs to gain weight?  He likes to eat, but doesn't gain weight?

Depends:: It takes time from initiation of the gluten free diet for the bowel to heal itself from the gluten injury. After that, it's just the matter of patience. Remember that between about the ages of 12 months and 7 years, 4 pounds a year is adequate gain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have celiacs and I'm super sick, what should I do to get better faster?

What do you suggest if I have celiacs and I'm super sick, what should I do to get better faster?

Avoid gluten: The best way to get better fast is to avoid gluten containing foods found in wheat, rye and barley products. Many products have hidden sources of gluten you may not be aware of- even lipstick for example. My suggestion is to avoid gluten products, eat fish, dairy, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables- they are all gluten free. You can also have rice, quinoa, and beans and legumes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

What are symptoms of celiacs disease and am I more likely to have it because my grandfather does?

Variable Sx; slight: Celiac can have variable sx, incl gas, bloat, diarrhea, wt loss, rarely gain, constipation, joint aches and pains (often from vitamin d def), fatigue (often from iron def), osteoporosis, swallowing probl, rarely liver probl. Can get screened with blood testing, and/or genetic testing. Assoc with other autoimmune diseases such as ibd, psoriasis, rheum arth, lupus, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What is celiac disease?

What is celiac disease?

Celiac Disease: Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy) has three of the following features: villous atrophy; malabsorption, weight loss, or other signs of nutrient or vitamin deficiency; and resolution of the mucosal lesions and symptoms after withdrawal of gluten-containing foods (usually within a few weeks to months). Diarrhea, weight loss, and antibodies against gliadin ...Read more

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What is celiac disease.?

What is celiac disease.?

Celiac disease: Celiac disease is atrophy of the intestinal villi caused by an immune response to gluten and gliadin. ...Read more