Disease Symptoms – Doctors need to be Aware of the Condition and
Prescribe Drug Tests for it
February 4th 2006
Celiac Disease is a relatively common disease that many people don’t
even know they have. The disease usually affects Caucasians. In
Ireland, about 1 in 150 people have Celiac disease. In the US the
number is 1 in 250 people. Women are more susceptible to it.
The symptoms include nonspecific abdominal pain, gas, bloating,
depression, recurrent mouth sores, or may cause women to be infertile.
There are a lot of manifestations and doctors should become more aware
of the symptoms.
Patients can develop diarrhea and lose weight. ABC News recently ran a
story on the subject. Katie Barrett, a 32 year old woman who has
suffered with the disease since she was 9 years old, said "It wasn't
just my stomach that was bloated, [it was] my whole entire body." She
said she felt like the “Pillsbury dough boy”.
According to the ABC story one bite of pizza or a teaspoon of flour can
“ignite a response from the immune system”. This can also cause damage
to the small intestine and ultimately other organs.
A simple blood test can determine if you have Celiac Disease. If you
find out you have Celiac, you should avoid all products containing
gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye products.
The diet is achievable, but it will require a drastic diet change.
Within 10 days after Barrett started the gluten-free diet she felt
better. The diarrhea and the bloating disappeared. It required Barrett
to find out which products contain gluten.
There is another treatment. According to a recent article in the
Indianapolis Star, immuno-suppressive drugs or steroids can be used to
treat Celiac. Treatment is important because the disease can cause
lymphoma of the gastrointestinal tract.
Symptoms can hit at any age. The Celiac disease can become symptomatic
after a case of viral gastroenteritis. There may be other triggers that
bring on the symptoms. Some lucky individuals may have the genetic
predisposition to Celiac disease and never develop symptoms.
We received this comment on the article and I would like to share it
Your recent article about celiac disease is full of
misinformation. celiac can NOT be "treated" with steroids or any
other medicine. the only way to live a healthy life with celiac is
to completely eliminate gluten from the patient's diet. also, even
if a person does not develop the outward symptoms of celiac
(bloating, losing weight, cramping, gas, etc.) the damage to the
intestines is taking place and must be prevented by diet.
There are studies taking place right now in the
development of a "gluten-blocking" medication, but that will not be
ready in the near future. Shelly Pickren
We also got this comment on the article:
Your celiac article cites an incorrect number of
Americans with celiac disease - it is not 1/250, it is in
between 1/90 and 1/100, and most often cited as 1/133. See
www.celiac.com for more
accurate information. Allison Reid
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