Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, as if it were a poison.
Research shows a temporary diet low in FODMAPs can help those with persistent celiac symptoms despite adherence to a gluten-free diet. Study participants showed improvements in both digestive complaints and mental health after only three weeks.
A small capsule containing a camera can, when ingested by a patient, explore the small intestine for celiac. Combined with computer technology, it can diagnose the disease without an invasive procedure and with greater accuracy.
Children treated for celiac heal faster than adults. In a study at the University of Chicago, most patients reported improved symptoms after two years on a gluten-free diet. However, gastrointestinal complaints like bloating and diarrhea resolved better than non-digestive problems like fatigue.
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World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Alessio Fasano answers questions on over-the-counter medications, alternative treatments for celiac disease and the gut/brain connection.
Most children with celiac have non-intestinal symptoms upon diagnosis. These patients show more severe symptoms and damage to the small intestine.
Research from three U.S. hospitals reveals patients with non-classic celiac symptoms face a much longer delay in diagnosis.
Headache, short stature, bone and joint issues, mood changes and other non-gastrointestinal problems could be signs of celiac in children.
A recent study found evidence supporting the theory that an altered microbiome in infants is linked to development of celiac disease.