A serious autoimmune disorder that affects 1 in every 100 people, Celiac disease is caused due to a difference in an individual's genetic disposition. When Celiac patients ingest gluten, their bodies mount an attack on the small intestine and hamper nutrient absorption. The condition may range from mild (indigestion and stomach ache) to severe (muscle spasms and abdominal cramps)
While there is no cure that has been developed yet, it can be treated by eating a strict gluten-free diet. Patients are often symptom-free and have ‘silent celiac disease’, making it difficult to diagnose. Awareness and prevention, thus, are two critical aspects that can help control this disorder.
How can we help?
Having awareness and supporting those who are working to educate, advocate, and accelerate research for this disease, can create support communities. Staying informed about various levels of gluten sensitivity can help spread this knowledge further.
Combating Gluten Sensitivity
Fresh fruits, vegetables, gluten-free whole grains, legumes, nuts, and meats make up the foundation of a balanced diet for many patients. There are multiple gluten-free options available in markets as well.
Some people also choose to maintain a separate gluten-free kitchen or separate cooking equipment for patients to avoid mishaps. While taking on a gluten-free diet might be challenging at first, practice, support from loved ones and information ensure that the end result is always worth it!
Drafted By : Dr. Amol Raut
Edited By : Dr. Amol Raut
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