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Celiac Disease?


I had to get blood taken because the doctors thought that something was wrong with my growing. They did tests and they think I have Celiac Disease. I read that you can't eat certain foods which might be a problem because my diet is based around that food for years (pasta, pizza, cereal etc.) Anyone know any information of this disease?
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With celiac disease, you can't eat anything made with wheat, barley, rye, and should avoid oats. So, you have to give up versions of the foods you love but don't have to give them up completeley. I have been eating a celiac (gluten-free) diet for almost six months now.

I eat Tinkyada noodles which are made from rice just like I use to eat regular pasta noodles. I still eat pizza - don't ask me what the crust is made of, I don't make it. I've tried many different versions and like the Glutino frozen crusts the best. I get to go out for gluten-free pizza tomorrow for the first time - I can't wait! I eat Enviro-Kidz cereal most of the time. I prefer the Gorilla Munch but my family also likes the Panda Puffs. I also eat a Fruity Pebbles type cereal that my grocery store makes. I've heard Fruity and Coco Pebbles are gluten-free but I can't vouch for that. Rice Chex are now marked gluten-free.

The big thing is to focus on what you can eat. Fruits, vegetables, and plain meat are all ok. Not so plain meats (hot dogs, hamburgers, lunch meat) can be ok but you have to read labels. I eat a ton of Mexican foods - tacos, refried beans, rice, etc but I have to eat them at home rather than out. I've also learned the joys of Thai and Indian dishes. I won't go into all the junk food items that are gluten-free. I'll just mention a couple: Fritos and Wendy's Frosty. Some restaurants (ex- Outback, Chik-Fil-A) have gluten-free menus so eating out does not become a thing of the past - just less convient.  (+ info)

Celiac disease?


If I'm a child and I have Celiac disease how long will the villi in my stomach not absorb nutrients?
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It depends on how young you are and how badly you were damaged. A baby can heal in weeks, older than that and you are looking at 6 months. You can start feeling better sooner. It's important to be 100% gluten free though, every time you "cheat " on the diet you get more damage and it's like starting over.  (+ info)

celiac disease?


I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease (a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food)and im also allergic to eggs and lactose intolerant and... i want to know if i continue a gluten free diet if i can grow anymore.... The doctor miss diagnosed me a few years ago (i was 9) and im 16 now. is it possible that i can still grow.. is it too late. im 5'5'' and im supposed to be around 5'8"
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I have the Celiac curse too! I stopped eating gluten when I was around 14, and two years later, I'm about 5 inches taller. I think that you'll grow, but then again it all depends on your genetic disposition. When was the last time you grew? If you're only 16 and you're supposed to be 5'8", you're probably due for a growth spurt. Maybe the gluten was hindering your growth. My spurt didn't come until I quit gluten. Just a tip: you can convert virtually any gluten bakery recipe to gluten-free by taking out all of the gluten ingredients (like wheat flour) and replacing it with a corresponding amount of gluten-free ingredients (like tapioca starch, rice flour, sweet rice flour, etc.). And to converted recipes, you MUST add a tsp. or two of xanthan gum. It will help the recipe to rise and hold together. This should work for egg and lactose free recipes, but I'm not positive. I've never tried it. And Ener-G is awesome because a lot of their products are lactose free and egg free as well as gluten free. I hope your lactose-egg-gluten free diet goes well, my Celiac sister!  (+ info)

Whats' the difference between having celiac disease and a gluten sensitivity?


If you are allergic to gluten, does that mean you have celiac disease? I'm confused. Thanks.
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Celiacs disease can be diagnosed by a blood test however gluten sensitivity can't be. There is an indicator to see if you have celiacs in your genes, which can suggest you may have a heightened sensitivity to gluten.

If you have celiacs and then eat gluten you're actually poisoning your body. However someone with a gluten allergy doesn't actually poison their body, it's just not good for you. Most people with gluten sensitivity don't have allergies similar to those with allergies to nuts for example.

Someone with celiacs disease also increases the chances of developing bowel cancer by 3 times (however the chance of developing bowel cancer is only .1% in the normal population). This doesn't happen in people with gluten sensitivity.

Basically, they have similar symptoms.


I hope this helped.

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What are the differences between celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis?


The high liver enzymes levels (3 folds of one of them) and high total bilirubin (2.8) is good indicators to say it is autoimmune, if we can not do the tests for the celiac disease
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Hi Im Chris, Both diseases are autoimmune diseases. in autoimmune diseases the bodys own cells become overactive and start attacking either one part of the body (as is the case pretty much in these, with autoimmune hepatitis it is the liver, in Celiac it is an intolarance to foods that are strachy, sugared, etc). In other disease like Lupus, MS, and others they are more widespread and attack the entire body or more bodily functions or systems.

I personally have Lupus, Sjgrens and Autoimmune Hepatitis.
I Know a little about Celiac disease so I did some research, so I will let you know about how they diagnose that first.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in products we use every day, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and vitamins. to diagnose it they do several things.

How is celiac disease diagnosed?
Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Recently, researchers discovered that people with celiac disease have higher than normal levels of certain autoantibodies in their blood. Antibodies are protective proteins produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives to be threatening. Autoantibodies are proteins that react against the body’s own molecules or tissues. To diagnose celiac disease, physicians will usually test blood to measure levels of

Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
IgA anti-endomysium antibodies (AEA)
Before being tested, one should continue to eat a regular diet that includes foods with gluten, such as breads and pastas. If a person stops eating foods with gluten before being tested, the results may be negative for celiac disease even if celiac disease is actually present.

If the tests and symptoms suggest celiac disease, the doctor will perform a small bowel biopsy. During the biopsy, the doctor removes a tiny piece of tissue from the small intestine to check for damage to the villi. To obtain the tissue sample, the doctor eases a long, thin tube called an endoscope through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine. Using instruments passed through the endoscope, the doctor then takes the sample.

What is the treatment?
The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet. When a person is first diagnosed with celiac disease, the doctor usually will ask the person to work with a dietitian on a gluten-free diet plan. A dietitian is a health care professional who specializes in food and nutrition. Someone with celiac disease can learn from a dietitian how to read ingredient lists and identify foods that contain gluten in order to make informed decisions at the grocery store and when eating out.

For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvements begin within days of starting the diet. The small intestine is usually completely healed in 3 to 6 months in children and younger adults and within 2 years for older adults. Healed means a person now has villi that can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream.

In order to stay well, people with celiac disease must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the small intestine. The damage will occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms. Depending on a person’s age at diagnosis, some problems will not improve, such as delayed growth and tooth discoloration.

OK That is the Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment after the diagnosis. Onto The autoimmune Hepatitis, I will use personal experience and some information from a website.

Autoimmune Hepatitis has nothing to do with Hepatitis A, B, or C. It is not contagious in any way shape or form. It can stand alone as it's own autoimmune disease or can be triggered by another. Usually either Sjogren's or Lupus (SLE). Usually Sjogren's. It can also be called Lupoid Hepatitis.

The symptoms most common are an extended painful upper abdomen, jaundice, Enlarged Liver, Itchiness, Fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, loss of appitite, dark urine, pale or grey stools.

I remeber looking 5 months pregnant though I didnt eat.

There are several steps of testing. First are abnormal basic Liver function tests AST, ALT, Billirubin, Sometimes a Positive ANA (Antinuclear Antibody, also found in other autoimmunes like Lupus, sjogrens, and others), a positive Anti-Smooth Muscle Test Or its inititls (sp) SMA. The pattern and level of these test help distinquish which disease may be going on. In addition you more than likely will have a liver biopsy. I had one. I had no problems. I had it, woke up was on side, and wanted to leave.. they wanted me to stay. I stayed for awhile. But not all people wake up as well as I do from surgery. I was a bit sore.

Right now there are two mainstream treatments, I do not use either one, both do not work on me. Those treatments are Prednison (a class of medical steroids), and Imuran (an Immunosuppresent, used for transplant paitents, and other sutoimmune diseases). In the last several years, They have found that the medication first used for gallstones and galbladder disease called Actigall is very effective along with the natural herb Milk Thisle. Those are what my Rhuemotologists use on me. She swears by both. I was getting very close to a transplant list. I did need some IV chemo, but with that and those two other therapies I am in total remisson. In fact with proper care 7 out of 10 paitents will go into remisson. Many may still have mild attacks, mine come and go.

Both disease are not desirable. No autoimmune disease is, but with proper care and following your doctors orders both can be controlled. I do co-own an autoimmune support group, we do a lot of Lupus, but we are a mixed bag of everything, mainly females but male and female.

Good luck
Any questions email me at [email protected]
Im good for the autoimmune Hepatitis  (+ info)

What reasons would one have a gluten-free diet other than having celiac disease?


I heard on Y! Answers of a vegan who didn't eat gluten by choice apparently (they didn't appear to suffer from celiac disease). Are there any pros/reasons that you can think of that would convince a vegan to go gluten-free if they didn't suffer from celiac disease? Are there certain health benefits or anything?
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Some people say that eating a gluten free diet is beneficial for neurological and mental conditions like ADHD, Autism and even anxiety and depression. Some people don't eat it because they just think it's healthier not to. Personally I don't think it makes any difference if you don't have any intolerance to gluten. I've also noticed that some people think they have a gluten intolerance when it's really a blood sugar problem from eating white refined grain products (white bread, white pasta, etc) and they're fine with whole grains.  (+ info)

Could somebody have celiac disease and be allergic to wheat at the same time?


Okay, if somebody gets and itchy rash, constipation, SEVERE joint pain (on all joints and knuckles), and gets muscle aches after consuming wheat products its this usually a symptom of celiac disease/gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy? Also, could somebody have both a true immune system wheat allergy as well as celiac disease? What about being lactose intolerant and allergic to milk at the same time?
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The symptoms of celiac, gluten intolerance and wheat allergies can all be very similar. Sadly since each of them are different issues, you would have to undergo different testing procedures to know for sure which and how many you have. It is quite possible to have all at the same time too.

You can also have both lactose intolerance and milk allergies. Some even say that the failure to treat one creates the other (found in the book "Milk is Not for Every Body").  (+ info)

Are there any good restaurants for people who have the celiac disease?


My little brother has the celiac disease which means he is allergic to gluten. When we are out he has to eat a lot of pure beef or chicken and I feel sorry for him so I am putting together a list of restaurants that have good food and maybe also gluten-free pizza and pasta. So it there any good restaurants with good gluten-free food in Ottawa, Ontario?
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Many of the national restaurants in the US have gluten free options. Outback, Carrabbas, PF Chang all have gluten free menus. Magiannos even carries gluten free pasta. But I don't know if any of those are available in Ottawa. I have celiac disease and eat out a lot and my standby is a grilled chicken caesar salad after checking the dressing if possible. I tend to avoid Mexican and Chinese restaurants and have found that Italian restaurants seem to be the most accomodating toward finding something.

My advise is to call ahead, talk to them and see what they are willing to do.

Good luck  (+ info)

what are the symptoms to Celiac disease?


I've been having a lot of well embarrassing problems with constipation for the past two months, and after visiting a GI doctor today she wants to test me for Celiac disease, does anyone know the symptoms?
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Gastrointestinal issues of fat malabsorption include diarrhea, funky gas/ flatulence , abdominal bloating, **you look pregnant** and increased amounts of fat in the stool-your pooh will float. The unabsorbed fat is broken down by your intestines bacteria into fatty acids, and these fatty acids promote secretion of water into the intestine, resulting in diarrhea. Big fat floaty stools, excess water swishing sounds in your gut; you sound like a watermelon. Your body isn't getting enough calcium to the bones; you lose bone density and are prone to more cavities; broken bones & bone breaks as time goes on; osteoporosis.  (+ info)

Could celiac disease be the cause of dry skin, brittle nails and limp hair?


I am being tested for celiac disease next week as I am bloated after every meal and constantly feel sick, amongst other things.
Ive found websites for celiac sufferers but the symptoms are so extensive!
The fact that having celiac disease stops you absorbing vital nutrients could be the cause of my skin, hair and nail conditions?
Does anyone suffer from this and had the same problems?
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