It’s time to join the discussion about celiac disease and how it affects the lives of millions of people around the world who suffer from it.
What Is Celiac Disease?
Simply explained, celiac is an autoimmune reaction to gluten. It should not be confused with a simple intolerance to gluten. In patients with celiac, actual damage is done to the small intestine as a result of gluten consumption. Celiac is not a disease you can catch, it is something that you are predisposed to from birth and can be triggered by several different things including genetics, certain external triggers, diet, or enzymes within the body.
How Do You Know If You Are Suffering From Celiac?
There is no comprehensive list of symptoms that all celiac patients have, so it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. The most common complaints include abdominal cramping, bloating, anemia, constipation, diarrhea, loss of energy, irritable bowel, joint pain, weakness, weight loss, mouth sores, and even infertility.
If you are concerned with your health and feel that you might be suffering from celiac, it’s important to schedule a visit to see Dr. Sameer Islam to help determine a diagnosis. There are blood tests available that can indicate if you are suffering from celiac or something else.
How Is Celiac Treated?
Unfortunately, there’s no cure for celiac disease. It can only be treated and managed. The first step to managing the condition is through proper diet. It’s important to remain gluten free and to understand other foods that might trigger your symptoms. If you can avoid these foods, your symptoms should be reduced. Discuss your diet with Dr. Islam to determine if you are experiencing vitamin or dietary deficiencies and if supplements will help. In addition, there are certain medications that can help with symptoms.
Schedule a visit to see Dr. Sameer Islam today if you’re concerned that you may be suffering from celiac disease and we will help you get your life back on track.