Celiac Diease

Celiac Disease
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune condition of the digestive track that is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in foods containing wheat, barley, rye and/or oats (like cookies, pasta and bread).

Even small amounts of gluten can cause damage to the lining of the small intestine, which results in an inability to properly absorb food and nutrients. The lack of nutrients can in turn lead to vitamin deficiencies affecting the body’s organs and nervous system. Celiac Disease can significantly increase the risk of several cancers if left untreated.

While the exact cause of Celiac Disease is unknown, heredity does play a role. The condition strikes children and adults, occurs in women more than men, and can develop at any age. Symptoms vary from person to person, so Celiac Disease is often difficult to diagnose. If Celiac Disease is suspected, blood antibody tests typically are conducted for confirmation. An upper endoscopy is then performed to biopsy the small intestine tissue.There is no cure for the disease, but dietary changes and other treatments can manage it quite effectively.

New Jersey gastroenterologist Dr. Gagan D. Beri specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Celiac Disease, and performs blood and genetic testing and endoscopy as part of a comprehensive evaluation. He also works closely with a nutritionist and independent pathologist who are experts in the disease.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating or gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Changes in appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

Treatments of Celiac Disease:

  • Maintaining a lifelong gluten-free diet
  • Avoiding foods, beverages and medications that contain wheat, barley, rye and/or oats
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies
  • Corticosteroids (occasionally)