Celiac Disease (Gluten Intolerance) Diagnosis
Causes of Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage in the small intestine and indigestion when consuming gluten; a protein found in wheat, rye and barely.
The exact cause of Celiac Disease is unknown. However, just like many allergies, it's mainly genetic. About 1 in 141 people in the U.S. have Celiac Disease.
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Celiac Disease may seem just like an inconvenience for people who like breads, but it actually can lead to other complications. If left undiagnosed and untreated, Celiac Disease can lead to iron deficiency (anemia), lactose intolerance, vitamin deficiencies, infertility and much more. In fact, studies have shown that if left undiagnosed by the age of 20, your chances of developing another intolerance or autoimmune disorder is 34%.
Only about one third of people with Celiac Disease experience major digestive symptoms. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include:
Acid reflux or heartburn
Itchy, skin rash
Schedule an appointment with Mainline Gastroenterology Associates by calling (610) 644-6755 to be diagnosed for Celiac Disease.
Treatment of Celiac Disease
There's no treatment that immediately cures Celia Disease. Most likely, you will be referred to a dietitian or nutritionist to plan a gluten-free diet. Many times you will also be given medication or vitamin supplements. Pretty much, you will be given medication to cure the side effects of Celiac Disease. Over time, your small intestine will heal and you will experience less and less symptoms.