What You Need to Know About Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

With a growing number of Americans diagnosed with Celiac disease every year, which results from the body’s inability to properly digest gluten, the condition has become a major concern for individuals suffering from food allergies. Understanding what Celiac is, and how gluten affects the digestive system and overall health is an important step in finding a treatment plan that will help Celiac disease sufferers in Los Angeles remain healthy while enjoying a diet that fits into their individual lifestyle and meets their nutritional needs.

What is Gluten?

While the rise of gluten intolerance in recent years has lead many people to go “gluten-free” for health concerns, gluten does not cause adverse reactions in healthy people that are not suffering from Celiac disease. Gluten is simply a combination of proteins found in wheat products, used to give bread its shape, texture, and consistency.

Gluten is most commonly found in the following wheat products:

  • durum
  • emmer
  • spelt
  • farina
  • farro
  • khorasan/oriental
  • barley
  • triticale
  • white flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • graham flour
  • kamut
  • semolina
  • wheat germ
  • wheat bran

In addition to bread, many other foods can contain gluten, including:

  • couscous
  • pasta
  • pastries and processed snack foods like cookies, cakes, and muffins
  • cereal
  • crackers
  • flour tortillas
  • seasoned chips
  • processed meats
  • modified food starch
  • matzo
  • croutons
  • bread crumbs
  • gravy, sauces, salad dressing, soy sauce
  • soup broth
  • fried food
  • seasoned rice and pasta mixes

Overhauling dietary habits can be overwhelming for people suffering from celiac disease in Beverly Hills; however, there are many healthy alternatives to wheat that can help patients avoid a reaction and meet their nutritional needs.

Gluten-free foods for people with celiac disease:

  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • beans
  • eggs, cheese, and milk
  • quinoa
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease

    People suffering from celiac disease suffer an allergic reaction in the small intestine when they eat wheat products, which results in inflammation. In addition to triggering an immune response, gluten intolerance can also interfere with the healthy digestion of essential nutrients. Celiac is typically diagnosed by a rheumatologist and internal medicine specialist through a comprehensive medical history and endoscopy of the small intestine.

  • Celiac disease symptoms include :

    • Stomach pain and irritation after meals
    • Diarrhea or constipation
    • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
    • Iron deficiency and anemia
    • Osteoporosis
    • Osteomalacia (softening of the bone)
    • Dermatitis
    • Erosion of tooth enamel
    • Acid reflux and/or heartburn
    • Joint pain and swelling
    • Chronic headaches
    • Persistent fatigue

    Read more about Celiac disease treatment at WebMD.com.

    Celiac Disease Treatment in Beverly Hills

    Are you experiencing symptoms of gluten intolerance and celiac disease? For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs, contact rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker today at (310) 274-7770 to schedule a consultation, or make an appointment online.

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