How to check for celiac disease?
Have you ever eaten a bowl of cereal and felt like your insides were trying to escape? Have you mysteriously lost weight, yet still eat more than an elephant? Maybe it’s time to consider checking for celiac disease. Don’t worry—we won’t judge you if all this talk about food makes your stomach grumble. Here’s everything you need to know about how to check for celiac disease.
What Is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is not something the average person thinks about while munching on a bagel or munchie mix (although we’re sure that would be very helpful). It’s actually an autoimmune disorder where people can’t tolerate gluten – the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oat. When someone with celiac eats gluten-containing foods, their immune system attacks their small intestine causing inflammation and damage over time.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
It’s easy to confuse the symptoms of celiac disease with other illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance which doesn’t helps at all when treating incorrectly. However, some symptoms often associated with coelic include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Fatigue (Which will be NO FUN WHILE READING THIS ARTICLE)
- Joint pain (Who Wants That?)
and various other serious effects.
If any of these seem familiar (or occur after eating Bill’s Bland Burger) , then perhaps consider getting tested for celiacs
Diagnosis Checking Method
Testing for coeliacs isn’t just tasting anything that comes across that may contain gluten(however tempting that may sound). There are two main tests done :
Coelic testing typically starts with blood test .This checks blood samples for levels of certain antibodies. Its helpful specifically for individuals with symptomatic coeliacs where gluten is not already removed from diet . A positive blood test typically triggers a call for follow-up testing as there’s no point in celebrating too early and ordering stock after getting Blood drawn. (Waste of time)
This isn’t just any kind of biopsy, but an endoscopic examination and biopsy. The biopsies assesses intestinal damage caused by celiac disease wherein a small piece of tissue will be extracted out which can also suggest other causes.
Although the method might seem scary or daunting,but doctors induce medication that makes people go to sleep so they don’t feel it(groovy right?) .
There are two things you need to do before visiting your doctor:
– Eat enough glutens – flakes? You’re in luck! Maintain a regular gluten consumption preferably about six weeks before having blood tests.
– Communicate – Doctors aren’t mind readers so make sure you share all details related to what yumminess may have accidentally entered your digestive system (or if Bill’s Bland Burger made its way into munching range)
Now comes the fun part—interpreting the test results like decoding some food walrus language..okay maybe not that challenging but still somewhat close.
Blood Test Results
If your blood test shows above-normal levels of certain antibody proteins, this indicates that gluten intolerance(Coelic) might indeed be present; however It doesn’t confirms Coeliacs Disease diagnosis conclusively ,follow up tests will need to be done anyhow If found +ve .Wrong interpretations is nothing unique when dealing with such medical issues, hence it’s better to discuss worst case scenarios(Test inconclusive result)/options(what now?).
The Biopsy report brings good news if “villous atrophy,” the damage caused by celiac disease, is present. Then congrats – you have been diagnosed with coeliacs .If it’s not conclusive then maybe one should consider undergoing another test or discuss other disease possibilities.
Unfortunately there isn’t an FDA approved medicine to treat Coelic hence ,the only way to prevent long-term harm would be to entirely cut off gluten consumption from diet .
Gluten Free Diet
Gluten-free food choices might sound difficult but that’s not necessarily true especially nowadays as more products exist for those with gluten intolerance( thank god its 2021) . : The following examples are GF-friendly (yayyy).
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruits and vegetables
-The entire virtual grocery store awaits for different options!
Supplements: Vitamins and Minerals
Adults may lack in nutrients often found in some of foods which contain gluten like bread ,cereal, therefore they can have supplements instead.
Note: Anyone making such changes in their dietary pattern must contact a nutrition professional/their doctor to design optimal healthy diet suitable according to individual health conditions
What Can Happen If Left Untreated?
Coeliac undiagnosed/mistreated condition can increase chances of serious medical ailments like :
Women who continue on this trajectory right up until menopause run the risk of permanent infertility.Arranging your own single parent family earlier than planned isn’t really ideal now is it ? Therefore better prevention tactics would imply diagnosing the issue early if noticed .Men too face similar sexual disorders because of bone density impairment due to malabsorption,and others issues pertaining sexual wellness.
Other Conditions That Consistently makes Way Through Your Doomsday CheckList
The people with untreated Coeliac are prone towards complications related rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes mellitus type I. Constant fatigue or mouth ulcers, increased chance of skin rash can also be very reacing Woe-bringer. There are chances that other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis might develop.
Eating well and enjoying gastronomic adventures without having to worry about stomachaches, bloating or bathroom runs should be a right for everyone does this sound like you ? Well then go ahead check if you have Celiacs once donethere is hope in checkling back into the food game with a smile on your face.
Gluten-free options now abound, allowing people with celiac disease to enjoy most foods they’ve always loved (certified fun fact). Nonetheless keep consulting doctor, dietitian for more information and insights till new medical patents make something easier/ better in years coming forth.