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:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Poor concentration and memory
- Reduced appetite
- 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.