Diagnosis and Treatment of Gluten Intolerance
Gluten intolerance is actually a subset of conditions that cause GI and non-GI symptoms. If you react badly to food products containing gluten, you should get tested for celiac disease before you start on a gluten-free diet. About half of the people who switch to gluten-free diets do so without medical supervision or confirmed diagnoses.
Get a confirmed diagnosis first
Gluten intolerance does not necessarily mean that you have celiac disease, and you should not switch to a gluten-free diet unless you have a confirmed diagnosis. Celiac disease is a problem because gluten triggers an abnormal immune response that damages the small intestines in those patients.
Celiac disease is associated with many other medical conditions, such as diabetes, infertility, pancreatitis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, fatty liver disease, iron deficiency anemia (pernicious anemia), acne, seizures, etc. Although it may be less common, it is still an important association that should not be ignored.
At Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County, we can determine whether you have celiac disease or a gluten problem, with endoscopic biopsies – the “gold standard” for diagnosis. We are one of the only digestive practices with a Registered Dietitian (RD) on staff to support your treatment plan. Our staff dietitian will work with you to make necessary changes in your diet.
If you suffer from painful gastrointestinal symptoms, contact us to learn more about treatment with a simple, quick procedure. Don’t live with your abdominal pain any longer. We offer relief to patients from Huntington Beach, Irvine, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin and neighboring areas. Call 949.612.9090 or use our Request an Appointment form.