Everybody feels bloated and tired and has digestive issues, headaches, and achy joints on occasion. Those of us who live with invisible and chronic illnesses can relate, no doubt! But if you have these symptoms on the reg, you could have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder triggered by gluten. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley and in the foods that contain these grains. Some risk factors include having a parent or sibling with the disease (that accounts for roughly 20% of cases) and how many infections you had as a kid. A blood test can tell if you have celiac, and it’s important to get tested before you experiment with a gluten-free diet (if you do experiment, your blood test could seem normal). If you test positive, going on a gluten-free diet will help clear up your symptoms. You’ll have to get savvy about reading food and product labels, because there can be hidden traces of gluten in lots of different processed products—everything from oatmeal to lipstick. If you’ve never had to adjust your diet before, this can definitely be hard at first. Fortunately, there are tons of gluten-free products in grocery stores now, and many restaurants have extensive gluten-free menus. That helps, especially when you’re going through the grieving process for pasta or bread. You won’t have to give these things up entirely—you’ll just have to choose a gluten-free alternative. It’s important to know that not everyone with gluten allergies has celiac disease. Instead, you could have a wheat allergy or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). In fact, NCGS may actually be more common than celiac disease. In both celiac and NCGS, your symptoms (fatigue, diarrhea, brain fog) will clear up when you stop eating wheat, rye, or barley. GI issues can be notoriously hard to crack, so check in with a practitioner you trust who has experience with digestive disorders. A dietician can also be super helpful since gluten hides in many foods, medications, and nonfood products like toothpaste and envelope glue. Since celiac interferes with your body’s absorption of nutrients, if you have deficiencies, the dietician may also recommend supplements like folate, iron, vitamin B12, and more. It takes a team to solve celiac!
Recent posts about Celiac disease
Fellow Celiacs - have you guys found any information about celiacs being at increased risk for COVID19 or have a harder time recovering? My family is worried and I don’t currently have a doctor I can ask about any of this.
I’m celiac and I accidentally glutened myself last week. I was finally starting to feel a little better and then ate a bunch of cheese because I didn’t know that it was common for celiacs to become kind of lactose intolerant after eating gluten while their villi heals and now I’m not feeling good again. Anyone have any tips on how to recover?
Hello! Anyone with celiac ever try DPP-IV? This was recommended by my local nutrition store staff, but I’d like to know if anyone has had any success or issues taking this for gluten exposure and/or helping to heal from celiac damage. Thank you!
So... first post. I suffer from celiacs. Never been officially diagnosed, but my mother was and I have all the symptoms she had. Been on a GF diet for going on two years, but still have the occasional problem of not thoroughly reading a label, and then suffering the consequences.
Videos about Celiac disease
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Books about Celiac disease
Celiac Disease (Newly Revised and Updated): A Hidden Epidemic
From Dr. Peter H.R. Green, internationally renowned expert on celiac disease and director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, and medical writer Rory Jones, this is the definitive book on celiac disease, one of the most underdiagnosed autoimmune diseases in the U.S. Do you suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, anemia, and/or itchy skin conditions? Have you consulted numerous doctors, and been prescribed drugs and diets that have only temporarily alleviated some symptoms? If so, you may have celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune condition that affects nearly one in every hundred people—97 percent of whom remain undiagnosed and untreated. The real answer to your medical problems may lie in this book. Dr. Green, together with Rory Jones, an accomplished medical writer who was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 and has been researching it ever since, have written this authoritative guide on how celiac disease is properly diagnosed, treated, and managed. The disease is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, which damages the lining of the small intestine so that it cannot properly absorb food. Without essential nutrients, the entire body begins to suffer. Complications from celiac disease can include infertility, depression, liver disease, other autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease), and even cancer. This is a disease that you do not outgrow. At present, the only way to treat it is to follow a lifelong gluten-free diet. This revised and updated edition contains the most current information on celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity. It examines the disease’s many manifestations and includes an entire section devoted to coping with the psychological aspects of living with a chronic illness and following a gluten-free diet. It also includes a guide to ingredients and safe grains, a selection of gluten-free manufacturers, and a list of national and international support groups.
Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease-What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again
Celiac disease afflicts as many as one in 133 Americans. Unfortunately, 83 percent of them are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of them, only receiving an official diagnosis after decades of mysterious illnesses and misdiagnoses. In Jennifer's Way, Esposito shares her personal journey, from her childhood in Brooklyn and years as a young actress to her struggle for an accurate diagnosis and quest to take charge of her health. She also offers strategies for managing daily life with a chronic condition
Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free
Living gluten-free is not a whole lot of fun, but at least April has managed to make it funny. Gluten Is My Bitch is a brutally honest, entertaining look at what living a gluten-free life entails. As an antidote to the tragic news that, no, you will never eat regular donuts again, April provides 40 gluten-free comfort food recipes and a bonus 20 new recipes in the paperback edition that will make even the most frustrated gluten-intolerant smile with relief. In the new paperback, April addresses the challenges of sustaining a gluten-free lifestyle once you’ve transitioned from the gluten-filled world. With updated resources and brand-new recipes for everyday meals, the paperback offers a complete look at living gluten-free for life.
Podcasts about Celiac disease
Celiac Straight Talk - Series
Let's get real about living with celiac disease. The ups, the downs and the temptations. Hear real stories from real people with the autoimmune disease.
Gluten Free RN - Series
Gluten Free RN, Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN, discusses gluten intolerance, celiac disease, the Paleo lifestyle and health
The Celiac Project Podcast - Series
The Celiac Project Podcast: 2 Guys Talking Gluten Free--hosted by Michael Frolichstein (Director of The Celiac Project Documentary) and Cam Weiner. Join Mike and Cam as they discuss living with celiac disease and navigating a safe gluten free lifestyle. They will feature special guests in the gluten free community, discuss current events and topics of interest.
Guts and Glory: Celiac Disease
For some, “gluten-free” may be a choice made easy by recent trends, but for people with Celiac disease it is much more serious than that. Though not IBD, Celiac disease is a serious illness that...
The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast: Food allergy, food intolerance and celiac disease
Separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to food allergy, food intolerance, and celiac disease. Featuring renowned gastroenterologist and current president of the American Gastroenterological Association, Dr. Sheila Crowe MD FRCPC FACP FACG AGAF, we discuss how to differentiate a food allergy from an intolerance, what diagnostic testing is appropriate, and why fructans might be the real culprit in patients with ‘gluten sensitivity’.
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