May is Celiac Awareness Month! In celiac disease, gluten triggers the immune system to attack the small intestine. Left untreated celiac disease can lead to other serious conditions like osteoporosis and lymphoma. Celiac disease can cause symptoms like bloating, constipation and diarrhea
Celiac can be tested for by both blood test and endoscopy. Blood tests can check for antibodies that are often present in those with celiac. Endoscopy can check the small intestine for signs of damage caused by celiac. If you worried that you might have celiac, make an appointment with your gastroenterologist.