Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestines and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. The symptoms of the disease vary from person to person, with many of the symptoms being similar to other diseases. This makes it particularly hard to diagnose. Some individuals with the disease can go undiagnosed for months.
The only treatment for Celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. This means avoiding foods with significant amounts of wheat, rye or barley grains, such as bread, pretzels and pasta. You should work with a dietician to learn what ingredients to avoid in foods you buy. For most individuals, following this diet helps heal any existing intestinal damage and prevents further damage.
UAMS has Internal Medicine physicians who specialize in Celiac disease and gluten intolerance. This specialization means we understand the disease and should diagnose the condition more quickly. Please contact UAMS at 501-686-8000 to learn more about our services or set up an appointment.
These programs were first broadcast the week of July 20, 2009.
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