Do You Have Celiac Disease?
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If something could harm your body over time, I’ll bet you’d want to know about it. Well, celiac disease can do just that, and in some cases, may not show you a single symptom.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Celiac disease means a person can’t eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, or barley. Nearly 1% of the US population has it. It damages the small intestines and interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, leading to diarrhea and stomach pain.
Because symptoms of celiac disease are common to other diseases, your doctor may order tests to determine if you have it. If you do, she will put you on a special, gluten-free diet. This will help you avoid complications such as osteoporosis and anemia.
For more information, visit our website at NIDDK or MyMajicDC.com . This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
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