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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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Dr. John Chiu
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

An immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in ...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 of the 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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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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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?

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

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Is celiac disease serious?

Is celiac disease serious?

Can be: Think of the digestive tract as an assembly line where food comes in, is reduced to its parts, then moved into the body where the parts can be re-assembled into usable material.In celiac, the protein allergy injures the gut, reducing the ability to move any parts into the body.If the injury is bad enough you waste away and remain sickly. By avoiding the gluten, the body can heal & the system work ...Read more