Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Aug. 172022

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. It’s a time when the Celiac community comes together to improve understanding of this difficult disease. It also places a spotlight on recent research and highlight questions yet to be answered.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disease. CD is characterized by damage to the brush border of the small intestine. This impacts the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Presently, there is no cure for CD. The main treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. Caution is required to avoid any contact with ingredients that contain gluten (derivatives of rye, wheat, and barley).

Diagnosing Celiac Disease

A simple blood test serves as an initial screening tool for CD. If bloodwork reveals elevated antibodies aligned with CD, an endoscopy and biopsy of the small intestine is recommended to confirm diagnosis. It’s essential for someone who suspects they may have CD to continue consuming gluten so that diagnostic tests can achieve accurate results. The signs of CD can be difficult to assess and are often complicated by symptoms seen with other conditions. Recent research highlights the benefit of examining for signs of malabsorption as a possible indicator of CD.


Source: guidingstars.com

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