Celiac Disease: What? Who? How?

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Celiac Disease: What? Who? How?

Celiac Disease: What? Who? How?

Life changing, life long, no cure! This paper is to give knowledge and inform readers on what Celiac Disease is, who it effects, what it affects, and try to explain how it can interrupt a normal, life style to where most of us take for granted. Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you found out you could not eat normal everyday foods that most of us take for granted? What if one day you woke up and found out you could not eat something as simple and as popular as pizza? That you could not eat bread, cake, cookies, lasagna, spaghetti, or even drink beer? That every time you did, you would get sick. Well, for a growing percentage of Americans, that is what is
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What are the symptoms? Symptoms include: abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, chronic fatigue, gas, and fatty stools. Now after reading those symptoms, the average person would most likely go buy Pepto-Bismol, an anti-gas pill, or other form of diarrhea and bloating medicines. As you may be able to see just from reading the above, CD could easily be mistaken and misdiagnosed. Therefore, the next question is who should be tested? The answer is those with classic symptoms of chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, weight loss, and abdominal distention. You may also have iron deficiency anemia, recurrent fetal loss, infertility, those with IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, auto immune diseases, peripheral neuropathy, cerebelar ataxia, and dental enamel hypoplasia (Bower 7).
What is the first step to take? Well, the first step is to get a diagnosis. Before you go and get tested, make sure you continue to eat the same as you always have. If you change your eating habits before getting tested, it will affect the accuracy of the test. If and when a person goes, blood is taken and tested for the presence of IgA tissue transglutaminase (tTG) and immunoglobulin A antiendomysium (AEA) antibodies. These tests are 98% accurate for verifying if one has CD (Bower 9-10). Once a positive test has been occurred, an endoscopy can be ordered by the doctor where a biopsy is done. Basically

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