Lifestyle Changes That Every Coeliac Patient Should Adapt

Lifestyle Changes That Every Coeliac Patient Should AdaptCoeliac disease (gluten intolerance) is a physical disorder which results from an immune response to gluten. It is also referred to as the Coeliac disease.

The symptoms of Coeliac include fatigue, weight loss and chronic diarrhea, although some cases can be asymptomatic – in which no symptoms would appear whatsoever. Coeliac disease is triggered by a physical reaction to a protein commonly found in oats, rye, barley and wheat known as ‘gliadin’.

In Coeliac, the destruction and inflammation of the small intestine’s inner lining is caused due to an allergic physical reaction to gluten present in the food intake. It is a chronic digestive disease which mostly results in malabsorption of nutrients and minerals. This disorder is incurable and health experts suggest that the best treatment to control the symptoms is to focus on a gluten-free diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Following are some lifestyle changes all Coeliac patients should adapt:

Regular checkups

Health experts suggest that all patients of Coeliac disease must go through blood testing for ferritin, once a year. Ferritin blood test shows the amount of iron, vitamin B12, folate, and thyroid-stimulating hormone present in the body.

A test known as 24-hour urine catch is also conducted for the patients of this disorder as it measures the calcium absorption of the patient. As the name suggests, this testing requires urine samples throughout a 24-hour examination period. These tests greatly help doctors to assess your current condition and to see how well your intestines are working and coping up with the disorder.

Bone-density scan

People with coeliac disease have low BMD (bone mineral density), which in 75% of the cases leads to calcium malabsorption. If you are going through malabsorption of calcium for a very long time, you can potentially develop osteoporosis. This disease can lead to the weakening and thinning of the bones present in your body.

However, in most cases, osteoporosis goes unnoticed and then becomes a huge problem to deal with in the future. In order to avoid any possibility of having this disease, make sure that you run a bone-density scan on an annual basis to assess your current condition. Get the calcium up through supplements.

Family protection

Coeliac disease is a genetic disorder; therefore, if you are diagnosed with it, you should urge your blood-related family members to get tested. Patients with autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s disease or type-1 diabetes are also at great risk of developing coeliac disease and must get themselves tested.

Pregnancy

If you are a patient of celiac disease, it is important to understand that your child might also get this disorder genetically. Breast feeding should be particularly encouraged in mothers with this disorder as it greatly reduces the chances of the baby to have this disorder along with other numerous autoimmune disorders.

Use technology

There are numerous food apps present, which can be downloaded to find out the recipes for gluten-free foods in order to deal with this disorder in the best way possible. You can also search gluten-free restaurant menu options and products through these apps.

 

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