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Monday, 26 April 2010 22:14

Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease is a disorder of the immune system where the body reacts to gluten. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and a lot of other foods. If a person with celiac disease consumes products containing gluten they can cause serious damage to their digestive system.

Celiac disease most commonly occurs as a disorder in the digestive system. Symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, pale colored stool, and even a distended abdomen. Chronic fatigue is also another common symptom. 

Celiac disease is extremely damaging to the villi in the small intestines. Villi are the small microscopic projections in the small intestines that aid in digestion and absorb nutrients. Without villi the patient can experience further complications such as anemia, diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and gastrointestinal cancer. 

There is no known cause of celiac disease, doctors say it could be genetic and if someone if your family has the disease you will have a five to ten percent chance of having it later on.

Remedies

Well there are no remedies for this disease, the only thing patients can do is follow a strict gluten-free diet. Fortunately the general public is becoming more and more aware of this disorder and the market is full of gluten-free products.

Since gluten is not an essential vegetable protein you can safely replace sources of gluten (wheat, rye, barley) with other foods like corn and rice. 

There is not restriction on vegetable and meat consumption but it is recommended that you go easy on high fat meat and spicy foods to allow the digestive tract to heal. To help the process speed up you can include fresh yogurt in your diet.

Keep in mind that most gluten-free foods are low in fiber so it is important to obtain adequate fiber from other sources such as fresh fibrous vegetables. 

After a couple of weeks of following this strict diet the symptoms will be gone, it is important though to continue a gluten-free diet.

 

*Alcohol made from grains should be avoided

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