Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Dr. Russell Vinik: Celiac Disease
(KUTV) We hear a lot about the gluten free craze these days; some people say gluten is unhealthy.
It can be, but for people with celiac disease gluten can trigger some serious problems.
Dr. Russell Vinik from the Internal Medicine department at the University of Utah Hospital joined us in studio to talk about how you can know if you may have celiac disease.
What is celiac disease?
Immune reaction to eating gluten.
Gluten triggers inflammation in the small intestine, which can prevent absorption of nutrients.
What are the symptoms?
Constipation in children.
Celiac disease tends to run in families.
How can you find out if you've got celiac disease?
Simple blood test
So what foods to people with celiac disease need to avoid?
Once gluten is removed from the diet, inflammation in the small intestine generally begins to lessen - usually within several weeks, though you may start to feel better in just a few days.
Can you have wheat sensitivity without celiac disease?
Yes. One study showed about one third of patients with irritable bowel syndrome had worsening of their symptoms when exposed to wheat.
Can you prevent celiac disease?
Maybe, a recent study this week shows infants who were exposed to gluten before six months of age were 27% less likely to develop celiac disease.
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