Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune condition that can cause several troubling symptoms. At GastroCare LI, in Valley Stream, New York, Brandon Rieders, MD, and Bradley Rieders, MD, offer comprehensive care for celiac disease and can help you manage the condition. Begin today by booking a visit online or over the phone.

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What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a form of autoimmune disease. It’s characterized by an inability to tolerate gluten, a protein found naturally in grains like barley, wheat, and rye. People with celiac disease can encounter long-term health problems if they don’t receive treatment.

Your small intestine is lined with tiny, finger-like protrusions called villi. These villi help your body absorb nutrients. A strong autoimmune response damages the villi in people with celiac disease, preventing normal digestion.

Researchers believe that celiac disease is hereditary. If you have a close relative who has celiac disease, your risk level is elevated.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Understanding the signs of celiac disease is important. When you spot these changes in yourself or others, seek a prompt diagnostic assessment.

Some of the indications you might have celiac disease include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Bloating

As you can see, the symptoms of celiac disease are shared among many other common health conditions. That’s why it can be challenging to get properly diagnosed.

What are some treatments that can help manage celiac disease?

Working with a highly skilled and experienced gastroenterologist is the first step in treating celiac disease. Most people who have this condition will need to avoid consuming any foods that contain gluten.

That is often easier said than done. Gluten is present in a wide range of foods that you might not expect, including sauces, beer, brewer’s yeast, and most forms of bread. While food sensitivities have become far more widely acknowledged and labeling has gotten better in recent years, it still takes considerable vigilance to avoid gluten in all forms.

As of today, adhering to a strict gluten-free diet is the only treatment option for celiac disease. You’ll need to learn how to check foods for gluten, and make plans to find gluten-free options when traveling or attending parties or other gatherings where food is present. Vitamins and dietary supplements can help you fill in any gaps in your nutritional needs.

If you’d like more information about diagnostic tools for celiac disease or want guidance on treatment, book a visit at GastroCare LI today. Online scheduling is an option, or you can always call the office to check appointment availability.