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Have constipation? Get yourself checked for celiac disease

Doctors from various Delhi government hospitals were sensitised about celiac disease, a condition caused by gluten allergy that damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing it from absorbing certain nutrients, by the Celiac Society of Delhi on Sunday.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 16, 2012 00:51 IST
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Doctors from various Delhi government hospitals were sensitised about celiac disease, a condition caused by gluten allergy that damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing it from absorbing certain nutrients, by the Celiac Society of Delhi on Sunday.

One person in 100 is estimated to suffer from celiac disease, with common symptoms such as constipation anaemia, malnourishment and diarrhoea among others. Since, government doctors see huge numbers of patients with these symptoms, there is a fat chance that a number of them could be suffering from celiac disease.

“Up to 40% of individuals with celiac disease may lack typical symptoms such as diarrhoea. constipation,

abdominal pain, anaemia and short stature can be pointers towards celiac disease. Awareness, therefore, needs to be created in the community about the various presentations of this disease so that the diagnosis doesn’t get mixed up,” said Dr Anupam Sibal, senior consultant, department of paediatrics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

Gluten is known to be present in wheat, barley, rye and oats. People who suffer from celiac disease must avoid products that have any of these items in them.