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By Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada
June 08, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Celiac Disease  

Find out the symptoms of celiac disease and how to manage your symptoms.

By now, many people have heard of celiac disease; however, not many people understand what it is. While this condition affects the digestive tract it’s actually an autoimmune disorder. When a person consumes gluten not only does the body begin attacking the intestines but it also affects how the body absorbs nutrients. Find out more about the warning signs of this disorder, when to see a doctor, and how our Las Vegas, NV, gastroenterologists help patients manage their symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Here are the classic symptoms of celiac disease:

  • Diarrhea or constipation (or both)
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Itchy rash

If you are dealing with these symptoms, particularly after eating wheat products, then you should visit your Las Vegas gastrointestinal doctor to find out if you could have celiac disease. It’s important to distinguish between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Those with gluten sensitivity may experience similar symptoms to celiac disease but they often aren’t as intense and it doesn’t cause the immune system to attack the intestinal tract like true celiac disease. Untreated celiac disease can also lead to a host of other complications including osteoporosis, other immune disorders and even cancer, so it’s important to see treatment right away if you suspect that you have celiac disease.

How is celiac disease treated?

While there is no cure for this autoimmune disorder the most effective gastroenterology treatment option is to maintain a strict gluten-free diet. Even those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity should also follow the same diet. This diet will allow the gut to heal, which will eliminate your symptoms and prevent future complications.

Your doctor may also recommend certain vitamins and supplements. After all, many people with celiac disease may also experience a deficiency in iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, B12, and vitamin D. It’s also possible to develop a vitamin B deficiency if your gluten-free diet isn’t providing you with sufficient vitamin B supplementation. In this case, your gastroenterologist may prescribe a dietary supplement that you should take every day.

If you are dealing with the symptoms of celiac disease in Las Vegas it’s important that you see your doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis. Call Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about gastroenterology.

By Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada
June 01, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Celiac Disease  

Find out if the digestive issues you’ve been having could be due to celiac disease.

Gluten is a word we hear a lot when it comes to nutrition and diet. We see gluten-free bakeries and restaurants cropping up all over and becoming pretty mainstream. While gluten isn’t a problem for a lot of people, this protein found in foods such as breads, pastas and cereals could cause serious intestinal damage in someone with celiac disease. So what is celiac disease and how can you tell whether you have it? Our Henderson, NV, gastroenterologists are here to shed some light on this rather popular subject.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that negatively impacts the digestive system when consuming foods that contain gluten. Gluten is found in barley, wheat and rye products such as many cereals, pastas and breads. Over time, consuming gluten can lead to damage to the lining of the intestines; fortunately, most symptoms and complications can be reversed once you begin a gluten-free diet.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Celiac disease can manifest itself in a myriad of ways and symptoms can differ greatly from person to person. In fact, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation, there are over 200 symptoms that may occur as a result of celiac disease. Common symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Reduced appetite
  • Rash
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Depression, mood swings and irritability

If you or a family member is dealing with any of these symptoms it’s important that you turn to our Henderson, NV, gastrointestinal specialists to figure out what’s going on. Since these symptoms can also be indicative of other issues, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis and so that we then determine the best treatment plan for you.

How is celiac disease treated?

The best and most effective treatment for celiac disease is to switch to a strictly gluten-free diet. This means nixing gluten from your diet completely. Since we know making the transition can be challenging, particularly for children and teens, we can work with you to create a dietary plan that will help you find suitable and safe alternatives for foods that contain gluten.

Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada offers two convenient locations in Henderson, NV, and Las Vegas. If you are concerned that you or your child may have celiac disease then it’s important to seek a professional evaluation as soon as possible.