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How to Live with Celiac Disease

Learn how to live with Celiac Disease from gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. in this Howcast video about stomach problems and digestive disorders.

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So if your doctor tells you that you have celiac disease this is going to be a big change in your diet because not only can you not have wheat you can't have barley, you can't have rye and some oats can be contaminated with these wheat products.

Exposure to that wheat and that wheat gluten is going to be a problem because that's going to trigger off a lot of inflammatory problems and you can develop vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis, joint pain. Long term you can develop lymphomas in the small bowel so it becomes very important to follow your diet. What's going to happen is your body is going to tell you that you have cheated on your diet because you may have some bloating, diarrhea or pain if you’re exposed to those wheat products. Even if you have been diagnosed celiac disease and you do want some of that bread product or you want something of that quality of food you can look for alternatives and those could be potato flours or rice flours, or some of the other non-wheat flour based foods.

So there is a way of getting around it you just have to read the label very closely, you have to look at restaurants that are gluten-free friendly. I think society now is being a little bit more sympathetic with patient with celiac disease so they are having gluten-free options and their labeling their products and even in main stream grocery stores they will have a gluten free isles or gluten-free products. So it's important to kind of read the label and be very cognizant of what you put in your mouth.

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