Celiac Disease

Friday, February 24, 2012

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Celiac disease causes problems in your intestines when you eat gluten, which is in wheat, rye, barley and oats.

If you have celiac disease, gluten damages your intestines and keeps your body from taking in many of the nutrients in the food you eat. This includes vitamins, calcium, protein, carbohydrates, fats and other important nutrients. Your body cant work well without these nutrients.

Celiac disease runs in families. If you have celiac disease, you may not have symptoms for awhile. Then something like stress, a physical injury, an infection, childbirth, or surgery can turn on the disease.

Adults with celiac disease might have a general feeling of poor health. One serious illness that often occurs is osteoporosis. About one in 20 adults with celiac disease has anemia. Lactose intolerance is common in patients of all ages with celiac disease.

Celiac disease is serious, but you can control it by not eating any gluten. By following the right diet, you can fix the damage caused by celiac disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.