Health Management

Let me begin by saying this web-site is directed to individuals who have already been diagnosed with Celiac Disease!  If you are sick but have not been diagnosed, then visit a doctor now!  I truly understand the frustrations of suffering and not knowing the cause.  I even went the route of self-diagnosis and this failed.  If you’re not happy with your doctor then switch and see another one.  My doctor went back to school to become a cardiologist.   So I needed to select a new doctor.  My new (young genius) doctor, Dr. Robert Bowen (Mecklenburg Medical Group, Inc.) diagnosed me on my first visit to him! So please do not play doctor - Please do not give up trying to get at the root cause of your symptoms -

Make an appointment to see a doctor today.

Now, for those of you who have been diagnosed with celiac you probably already know from your doctor that you go on “The Gluten-Free Diet”.  Your doctor will want to rerun the blood tests after being on the diet for a while. This is to make sure you are not consuming something with hidden gluten.  You cannot cheat - not ever! If you have celiac or gluten intolerance, you could have or may develop related conditions or other complications!  Although, you might be blessed and have no complications at all!  The important thing is to..... 

Visit your doctor regularly!

You can ask your doctor to test for celiac.  He or she will run a series of blood tests that check the 
levels of antibodies (anti-tTG) as well as your total IgA level.  The results of these tests may or may 
not suggest doctor may diagnose you with celiac!

Typical celiac symptoms (as well as gluten-intolerance) include: abdomen pain, bloating, diarrhea, 
gas, nausea, vomiting and weight loss.  Although these are typical symptoms; however, you could 
have very unusual symptoms or “atypical”  (e.g., weight gain, constipation) or no symptoms at all 
(silent celiac or asymptomatic).

Nutrient Deficiencies

Celiac Disease can result in nutrient deficiencies (such as those listed below).  This may be due to long-term malabsorption (caused by damage to the intestine villa) which can impact the body's ability to function properly.  You will want your doctor to check your blood levels for the following:

Vitamin B12  Folic Acid  Iron   Vitamin A
Vitamin D  Vitamin E  Vitamin K   Zinc

Nutrient deficiencies and complications arising from malabsorption need to be managed by your doctor!  Discuss any health or related concerns with your doctor in addition to your routine physicals!

Visit your Doctor and Dietitian regularly!  

Dental Related Issues.   

Celiac disease can cause a wide variety of dental issues. The most common issues resulting from celiac disease are the discoloring of teeth to a brown or yellow, banded teeth, ulcers and canker sores. Celiac disease can also hinder the formation of enamel so teeth may look clear or translucent. These symptoms mainly appear on the molars or incisors and these effects are permanent. While dentists cannot reverse the effects of celiac disease on the teeth they can cosmetically repair them.

Dental effects from celiac disease can mirror the effects from too much fluoride or poor oral health. It is important that dentists are made aware of celiac disease symptoms to avoid misdiagnosing their patients. If a dentist or patient is noticing oral abnormalities or the thinning of teeth enamel, they should be tested for celiac disease. Examining teeth for abnormalities every 6 months can be the first step towards diagnosing celiac disease and preventing further damage.

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Other Associated Conditions

Most often an associate autoimmune disease (like one listed below) will be diagnosed before the celiac diagnosis comes.  However, science believes that celiac disease comes fist albeit may be silent or go undiagnosed and actually predisposes individuals to developing other autoimmune conditions.

Other Associated Autoimmune Diseases, include:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Addison's Disease
  • Autoimmune Liver Disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

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