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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. Andrew Murphy
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Celiac Disease (Definition)

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 ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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