While a gluten-free diet has become incredibly popular among those looking to lose weight or improve their focus, a recent study found that children suffering from rheumatologic issues might also benefit from cutting the protein from their diets. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, discovered that at least two percent of children who complained of symptoms associated with juvenile arthritis, arthralgias, and myalgias were also suffering from a condition called celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune system disorder in which the immune system causes inflammation in the small intestine when an individual consumes gluten, a protein found in barley, rye, and wheat foods. In addition to causing discomfort, inflammation of the small intestine can eventually interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients necessary for brain, organ, and nervous system function, as well as bone growth.
While there is currently no cure for celiac disease, the condition can be managed by simply avoiding gluten as well as nutrient supplements and even prescription medications in Los Angeles.
Is Your Child Suffering from Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease can cause a wide range of symptoms that may be confused with other disorders, such as lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome. In infants and children, the most common indications for celiac disease include :
- Chronic diarrhea
- Decreased appetite
- Inability to gain weight
- Growth issues
- Chronic constipation
When Should You Contact a Beverly Hills Rheumatologist?
If your son or daughter is showing signs of malnourishment, despite his or her diet, it is crucial to have him or her evaluated by a skilled rheumatologist as soon as possible. Addition symptoms that may be associated with other rheumatologic conditions, such as unexplained joint or muscle pain and stiffness, do not hesitate to seek a professional evaluation.
Learn more about celiac disease treatment at WebMD.com.
Call Dr. Baker Today!
If your child is suffering from celiac disease, or you need a second opinion, call (310) 274–7770 to schedule an appointment with board-certified, experienced rheumatologist Dr. Susan A. Baker today in Beverly Hills.
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