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Children With IBS Could Be More At Risk For Celiac Disease

A new research study has found that children with IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) should be checked for Celiac Disease because they may be more at risk.  Early diagnosis is important to avoid any complications that can arise from prolonging the diagnosis.

Children With IBS Could Be More At Risk For Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects about 1 in 100 people worldwide- though about 2.5 million people with the disorder are not diagnosed.  It is a disease that affects the small intestine and if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems.  Gluten is the culprit for people with this disease as it causes an immune response that attacks the small intestine when eaten.  This damaged the small intestines and causes it to be very hard for the person to properly absorb nutrients.

Children With IBS Could Be More At Risk For Celiac Disease

Grains tend to be the irritant in people with Celiac Disease.

Previous studies show the link between the two diseases in adults, but have not shown a link in children.  But Celiac Disease is hereditary, with about a 1 in 10 chance of a child having the disorder if the parent also carries it.

The Celiac Disease Foundation explains some of the long term effects of the disease:

 

 Long Term Health Effects

Celiac’s can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to additional serious health problems. These include the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS), dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers.

Because there can be some serious health implications if left untreated, the sooner the diagnoses, the better the outcome for the patient.  By testing kids with IBS for the disease, they will be able to start treatment early on in life and avoid long term health effects.  Treatment is typically the avoidance of gluten in the diet.

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Children With IBS Could Be More At Risk For Celiac Disease

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