Celiac Disease - Symptoms, Conditions and Treatments

Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease symptoms and treatment.

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Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease symptoms and treatment.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Celiac Disease - Symptoms, Conditions and Treatments
Duration: 50 seconds

So celiac disease would affect any age group, and people mainly would suspect it if they have severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss while eating one of the three grains rye, barley and wheat.

If you're not having those in your diet, you can not really develop celiac disease, so those would be the main reason to start being suspicious.

In younger children, they can present with some different set of symptoms, and they can be just not growing, or be anemic, or having irritabilities that is not explained.

So one need to really, if you have those concerns, discuss with your family physicians, or your pediatricians, and get more evaluation.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

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Quiz: Do You Understand Celiac Disease?


Celiac disease is related to inflammation of the intestines but Crohn's disease is not.


Celiac disease and Crohn's disease are both diseases related to inflammation of the intestines. Crohn’s disease is more common in people who have celiac disease.


Exercise may help reduce inflammation related to celiac disease.


Research has shown that exercise can improve the body's anti-inflammatory response by activating its sympathetic nervous system. During exercise, the body releases hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine, which activate immune cells.


A gluten-free diet is the only treatment if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease.


People with celiac disease need to follow a gluten-free diet for life. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. In people with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine. Over time, the lining of the small intestine is damaged and is unable to absorb certain nutrients.


Celiac disease is not genetic.


Celiac disease is linked to heredity, so if you have a relative with the disease, your risk is higher.


There may be a link between depression and celiac disease.


Studies have found that people with celiac disease may have an increased risk of developing depression. This may be related to the stress of managing a chronic disease; and/or the inability to absorb certain nutrients such as the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin, a chemical that helps regulate mood.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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