Dr Oz said that Celiac Disease goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed 97% of the time! Starting around the age of 12, I developed stomach pain and problems that would come and go. My mother took me to doctor after doctor, and they could not figure out what was wrong with me and so they gave me the diagnosis of IBS, which in my opinion is just a catch-all for any stomach troubles that they can’t figure out. Last year, my stomach problems came back with a vengeance and my husband convinced me to try seeing yet another doctor. I was shocked when he told me that I probably have Celiac Disease and that I have just been misdiagnosed for years. I was furious with all of my previous doctors for never testing for this, but my results actually came back negative. So I am still stuck with the diagnosis of IBS – until some day a doctor can figure out what is really wrong with me! But my point is that if you have stomach pain or digestive issues, definitely make sure to ask your doctor to test you for Celiac Disease!
Dr Oz: Celiac Disease Symptoms
Dr Oz said that Celiac Disease is most commonly associated with getting stomach pains when you eat certain foods, but the following are other symptoms of Celiac Disease:
- Joint Pain
- Skin Rashes
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in wheat, rye and barley and if you have Celiac Disease, then gluten keeps your body from being able to absorb the food that you eat. If there is no surface area to absorb nutrients, you can actually even become malnourished which is why some people even die from Celiac Disease.
Dr Oz said that a new study showed that people can develop Celiac Disease much later in life than we thought.
Dr Oz: Celiac Disease vs Gluten Intolerance
Dr Oz said that the difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance is that with Celiac Disease you get antibodies that attack the inside of your intestines making it much more difficult for your body to absorb nutrients from your food. With Gluten Intolerance, you mainly just get stomach cramps.
Dr Oz: Celiac Disease Cure
Dr Oz said that the only real cure for Celiac Disease is to not eat gluten. Rice, potatoes and milk are examples of Gluten-Free Foods, but Dr Oz said that gluten can be found in unsuspecting places like in vitamins, ketchup and salad dressing – so make sure that you read labels carefully. Once you eliminate gluten, the inflammation can go down but Celiac Disease can take years for you to go back to normal 100%. With Gluten Intolerance, it takes a few weeks and your symptoms should go away completely. So you can always try cutting out gluten for a couple of weeks, and if you feel better, you are likely Gluten Intolerant.