Celiac Disease Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

For people with celiac disease, gluten intake triggers the immune system to launch an attack on the small intestine. With this attack, the body becomes unable to absorb nutrients in the right way. This illness can cause severe long-term health problems if you don't address it, but the gastroenterology team at Fifth Avenue GI in East Harlem/Upper East Side, New York, can help. From celiac diagnosis to celiac treatment recommendations, Fifth Avenue GI can help patients get past the gluten.

Celiac Disease Q & A

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What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a condition in which gluten triggers your immune system and damages your small intestine.

If you have celiac disease, your immune system attacks your small intestine, damaging the tiny villi within. That, in turn, means that your body can't properly absorb nutrients.

If celiac disease isn't diagnosed and treated, it can leave you at risk for long-term health problems.

What are the signs of celiac disease?

The signs of celiac disease can be different from one patient to another. Celiac disease in adults is most often characterized by the following:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Excessive gas
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Not all celiac disease symptoms are directly related to the digestive tract. Some non-digestive symptoms in adults can include:

  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin rashes
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of dental enamel
  • Ulcers in the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Balance problems, tingling, or numbness in the extremities, or other nervous system issues

Why does celiac disease happen?

The cause of celiac disease isn't known at this time. Genetics play a role, and if the disease is in your family, you're more likely to suffer from it yourself.

Problems with the gastrointestinal tract, including bacterial infections, may play a role in the development of celiac disease, too. Some patients develop celiac disease after a major life event like childbirth or during extraordinary stress.

Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can evaluate you to determine whether you're at risk for celiac disease. If you're at risk, you may be able to avoid developing the disease by making dietary changes.

How is celiac disease treated?

The best and only way to deal with celiac disease is to manage gluten intake properly. Your Fifth Avenue GI gastroenterologist can provide guidance and support as you transition into a gluten-free diet.

Certain supplements, as recommended by your gastroenterologist, may also be helpful in managing celiac disease.

Are you dealing with celiac disease symptoms and need help? You don't have to live this way any longer. Fifth Avenue GI is here for you. Make an appointment via our online tool anytime!