Our understanding of gluten and how our bodies process this group of proteins has grown exponentially in just the last decade, and we’ve become much more aware that gluten allergies and sensitivities can affect our digestive and immune systems. If you’ve been feeling lethargic after eating certain meals or you’re dealing with symptoms like bloating, gas or unexplained weight loss, you could be dealing with celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
In a person with celiac disease, their body’s immune system acts a little differently than it’s supposed to work. When those individuals eat foods that contain gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to the gluten, which then attacks their intestinal, lining. The intestinal lining responds to this attack with a natural inflammatory reaction, which can damage the intestines and inhibit their ability to absorb necessary nutrients from food.
As a provider that specializes in the endocrine and digestive systems, we have the ability to pinpoint exactly what’s causing your abdominal issues. We have a variety of tests that we can use to help determine if your symptoms are caused by celiac disease. Blood tests, intestinal biopsies and diagnostic screening tools can pinpoint what’s causing your gastrointestinal distress, and from there, a treatment plan can be designed.
Treating Gluten Intolerance And Gastrointestinal Issues
After testing, we’ll be able to pinpoint what’s going on with your digestive tract. If it turns out that celiac disease is the root cause, the only treatment option is to change your diet to avoid eating foods containing gluten. We work with patients to help ensure they understand what gluten is, how to look for it in their foods, and how small changes to their diet can really help them get their symptoms under control. Many patients find themselves more energized and feeling healthier soon after making the necessary dietary changes. We can also help if you’re struggling to make a transition to a gluten-free diet.
And if gluten intolerance isn’t the root cause of your gastrointestinal distress, we’ll be able to confirm a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan to address your true issue. Whether it’s a stomach ulcer, cancer or an issue with another organ like your pancreas or colon, we can help find a treatment plan that suits your needs.
So if foods like cereal, pasta, whole-grains or beer seem to be causing a number of stomach issues, or you’re just waking up with less energy than you’ve had in the past, consider adjusting your diet to seem if gluten may be playing a role in your health. And if you want help pinpointing the issue or ruling out a gluten allergy as the root problem, contact Bhatti GI Clinics to set up an appointment. For more information, give our office a call today at (952) 368-3800.