Celiac Disease Evaluation in Northwest Indiana
What are the Causes of Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage in the small intestine and indigestion when consuming gluten; a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. The exact cause of Celiac Disease is unknown. However, just like many allergies, it’s mainly genetic. About 1 in 141 people in the U.S. have Celiac Disease.
The board-certified gastroenterologists at Internal Medicine Associates provide comprehensive treatments for celiac disease at our offices throughout Northwest Indiana. Learn more about your treatment options and call us to schedule your appointment today!
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Celiac Disease may seem just like an inconvenience for people who like breads, but it actually can lead to other complications. If left undiagnosed and untreated, Celiac Disease can lead to iron deficiency (anemia), lactose intolerance, vitamin deficiencies, infertility and much more. In fact, studies have shown that if left undiagnosed by the age of 20, your chances of developing another intolerance or autoimmune disorder is 34%.
Only about one third of people with Celiac Disease experience major digestive symptoms. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include:
- Joint pain
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Itchy, skin rash
Schedule an appointment with Internal Medicine Associates to be diagnosed for Celiac Disease.
Treatment of Celiac Disease
There’s no treatment that immediately cures Celia Disease. Most likely, you will be referred to a dietitian or nutritionist to plan a gluten-free diet. Many times you will also be given medication or vitamin supplements. Essentially, you will be given medication to cure the side effects of Celiac Disease. Over time, your small intestine will heal and you will experience less and less symptoms.
Schedule Your Appointment with Internal Medicine Associates
Many people are known to self-diagnose themselves with celiac disease when their bodies are only in fact reacting to gluten in a normal way. If you suspect you may have celiac disease due to your reaction to gluten-heavy foods such as wheat, barley, or rye, give us a call at (219) 738-2081 to make an appointment at one of our 12 locations today.