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Celiac disease

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a condition that affects the small intestine. When someone has celiac disease, their body cannot tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a person with celiac disease eats foods containing gluten, it can damage the lining of their small intestine and cause uncomfortable symptoms.



Diagnosing Celiac Disease

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, or weight loss, it is important to see a doctor. The doctor may perform a blood test to check for certain antibodies that are present in people with celiac disease. In some cases, a small piece of tissue from the small intestine may be taken for further examination. This is called a biopsy and can help confirm the diagnosis.



Treating Celiac Disease

The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a strict gluten-free diet. This means avoiding foods that contain wheat, barley, and rye. It is important to read food labels carefully and look for gluten-free alternatives. Many grocery stores now offer a wide variety of gluten-free products. It may also be helpful to consult with a dietitian who can provide guidance on how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet without gluten.



Preventing Celiac Disease

Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent celiac disease. It is an autoimmune condition that can develop at any age. However, if you have a family history of celiac disease, it may be helpful to be aware of the symptoms and get tested if you start experiencing any digestive problems. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further damage to the small intestine and improve overall health.



What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a condition that affects the small intestine. When someone has celiac disease, their body cannot tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a person with celiac disease eats foods containing gluten, it can damage the lining of their small intestine and cause uncomfortable symptoms.



Diagnosing Celiac Disease

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, or weight loss, it is important to see a doctor. The doctor may perform a blood test to check for certain antibodies that are present in people with celiac disease. In some cases, a small piece of tissue from the small intestine may be taken for further examination. This is called a biopsy and can help confirm the diagnosis.



Treating Celiac Disease

The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a strict gluten-free diet. This means avoiding foods that contain wheat, barley, and rye. It is important to read food labels carefully and look for gluten-free alternatives. Many grocery stores now offer a wide variety of gluten-free products. It may also be helpful to consult with a dietitian who can provide guidance on how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet without gluten.



Preventing Celiac Disease

Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent celiac disease. It is an autoimmune condition that can develop at any age. However, if you have a family history of celiac disease, it may be helpful to be aware of the symptoms and get tested if you start experiencing any digestive problems. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further damage to the small intestine and improve overall health.



Graphic representation of Celiac disease

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Celiac disease

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Financial support

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Emotional support

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