26 May 2007

Gluten-free diet for life

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel. Some People who are affected by this disorder does not manifest any symptoms at all. Some have the signs and symptoms since childhood, others started to have the manifestations by adulthood. In other words, its effect to people varies a lot. Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Although this disease is for life, Diet plays a major part in maintaining a normal life. A gluten-free diet which excludes Barley, Rye, Oat, and Wheat (BROW) can prevent in developing its complication. To know and understand more of this disorder watch this interview with Dr. Peter Green, the director of Celiac Disease Center in Columbia University. This video also shows what food in our daily diet does contains gluten that we even never knew.


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