What is Celiac Disease?

Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease.

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Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist, discusses celiac disease.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 47 seconds

Celiac disease is one of the more common conditions that affects people of all ages, and it relates to nutrition and to the immune system.

And there is some reaction of your own immune system against three types of grains, including wheat, barley and rye, and all other grains are safe. But the immune system someone initiates a reaction which cause damage to different organs in our body, and mainly to the gastrointestinal tract.

So people with this condition as long as they are exposed to one of those three grains, have a risk for different complications and the effect will be very mild, to nothing, or very severe, with almost life-threatening situation.

But while this cruel disease, once diagnosed and properly treated with the exclusion of three grains of the diet, the person is perfectly healthy and well with no risk to his health in long term.

The important thing is to be very, very persistent with your diet. There's no cheating in this diet and then you're cured. So in a sense if one is sick and can have a choice, this is a good disease to have, because lifestyle and diet can completely cure you. So people often think of food and diet in relation to not feeling well.

Celiac disease is a great imitator, so the best is to go talk to your family physician, get more information and more precise evaluation.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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