A genetic condition that does not allow the consumption of gluten is known as Celiac. This disease has affected nearly 3 million Americans out which 94% are misdiagnosed. Celiac is a precursor to many diseases lurking in the society at large such as colon cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and infertility.
Naturopathic doctor in Vancouver helps to understand this disease in detail.
Gluten is a protein found mainly in wheat, barley and rye. This protein in many individuals destroys the absorbent surface of the intestine, due to which many nutritional deficiencies are caused. These deficiencies in turn lead to other health problems. It is a serious condition which when left untreated can lead to many complications such as anemia, small intestine cancer and malnutrition.
Symptoms of Celiac vary from person to person; some might experience mild symptoms whereas others may experience obvious symptoms. Some of the symptoms include;
• Anxiety and Depression
• Fatigue and Anemia
• Weight Loss
• Irritable Bowel
• Excessive Gas
• Muscle cramping
• Numbness and tingling
Misdiagnosis of Symptoms
Apart from the above mentioned symptoms, celiac has a wide range of symptoms due to which it is usually misdiagnosed. The symptoms of celiac are misjudged as those for irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many times people are unable to comprehend the symptoms and thus the disease goes unchecked for years. Due to mild syndromes, people do not seek medical health, thus worsening the situation. For many people it can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for as long as 8-11 years.
Even though celiac can affect any one, it is basically a genetic disorder and is widely found in people who have a history of other genetic disorders such as Downs syndromes and Turner syndrome. Also those suffering from type 1 diabetes, autoimmune liver disease rheumatoid arthritis are at a greater risk.
Celiac is diagnosed through a combination of tests including blood test, physical examination and studying medical history. Blood test helps to identify the antibody called autoantibodies which are produced by the body of the person suffering from Celiac disease.
Even though Celiac is a common disease, unfortunately there is no cure for this condition. Science may have evolved over the time; it has been unable to provide a treatment for this disease. In order to fight this condition, there is only one option; to be gluten free for the rest of the lives. For those suffering from this condition, it is best to steer away from wheat, barley and rye products as they contain gluten.
Following gluten free diets were difficult before as most product contained components of gluten, but today many food companies are acknowledging the problem and thus manufacturing completely gluten-free products.
As this disease is a widespread one, it is important for every individual to be alert of the symptoms and be checked regularly. Naturopathic doctor Vancouver suggests regular full body check-ups and blood tests in order to detect celiac disease in the early stages.
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