Celiac disease affects one in 133 Americans.
It is four times more common today and 80% of individuals with celiac go undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed for years. Celiac and other autoimmune diseases; lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease are all linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Do you have celiac disease and don't know it?
If you haven't tested yourself or your children - do it. I have seen patients in their 60's and 70's who had full blown celiac disease that was undiagnosed for years because their doctor was too lazy or incompetent. We have had patients who have had 1/3 to 1/2 of their colons removed because of a failure of modern medicine. They were left with surgical adhesions and a life long inability to absorb nutrients because they were not tested for celiac disease. Patients were told it was in their head, they had irritable bowel syndrome or they were lactose intolerant. Frustrated, hard-earned money spent on out of pocket expenses They came to see me expecting to be disappointed again.
In my office, we listen to patients and we do our job. We run full celiac panels, celiac genomics and immediate and hidden food allergy tests.
Celiac disease is more than just a sticky matter as it has been linked to arrhythmias, possible heart failure and now cardiovascular disease or hardening of the arteries. I see it related to PAD or peripheral arterial disease and Raynaud's disease - intolerance to hot and cold in the fingers and toes. The inflammatory response from celiac damages the inside of your blood vessels.
Do yourself a big favor this year and schedule your celiac testing appointment today. If you do have celiac, we will work with you to increase your quality of life right from the start.