What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease, also known as Coeliac Sprue, Gluten Intolerant Enteropathy, or idiopathic steatorrhea, has been defined as a digestive disturbance in which the person is intolerant of the gluten protein in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly Oats. Celiac is currently believed to affect 1-in-111 to 150 Americans.
What is the current treatment?
A strict "gluten-free" and "disaccharides free" diet.
What are the main symptoms? Symptoms of Celiac disease include marked abdominal distention, slight, moderate or severe anemia, physical and mental fatigue, frequent and voluminous stools of a dull color.
What are the testing methods?
The "gold standard" for the diagnosis of Celiac disease is
an intestinal biopsy. Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) antibody test is also known to be specific.
Follow the link below to a helpful guide for the newly diagnosed!