Let’s talk about Celiac disease
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. If you have Celiac disease, eating gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye) will trigger an immune response and will, over time, damage the small intestine’s lining and prevent nutrient absorption (malabsorption). An estimated 1 in 133 Americans are affected by Celiac disease. There is no pharmaceutical treatment options! Following a strict, gluten-free diet can help manage symptoms and promote intestinal healing. It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease do not even know it or are misdiagnosed! Symptoms can vary greatly!
Digestive signs and symptoms include:
- Weight loss
- Bloating and gas
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Other signs and symptoms unrelated to the digestive system includes:
- Anemia, usually from iron deficiency
- Loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of bone (osteomalacia)
- Itchy, blistery skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Mouth ulcers
- Headaches and fatigue
- Nervous system injury, including numbness and tingling in the feet and hands, possible problems with balance, and cognitive impairment
- Joint pain
- Reduced functioning of the spleen (hyposplenism)
If you think you are being affected by Celiac disease, please schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
Convenient Hours: We have extended hours in our Flemington Office, Somerville Office, and Endosurgery Center.
Mon & Thurs: 7:30a-8:00p
Tues, Weds, & Fri: 7:30a-5:00p
Thurs & Fri 7:30a-5:00p
Hunterdon Endosurgery Center:
Mon,Tues, Wed, & Thurs: 7:00a-8:00p
Amazing Facts About Your Gut!
Did you know…
The stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks to protect itself, while it produces half a gallon of hydrochloric acid each day.
The small intestine isn’t small at all… Stretched out, it would cover space the size of a tennis court!
When you pass gas, it’s related to the fermentation occurring in the large intestine. Bacteria works on digesting the remaining food material that makes it to the large intestine. As they work, they release gases, such as methane and hydrogen sulfide.
We want to assure our patients and our community that we are still very on top of all COVID-19 updates and protocols. Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates and Hunterdon Endosurgery Center continue to follow all state and federal guidelines including but not limited to…
- High-level employee protocols including proper hand hygiene, face masks, eye protection, gloves, and appropriate employee monitoring
- Meticulous cleaning and sanitizing
- Social distancing measures
- Restricting visitors/companions from the office to reduce potential exposure to others. Only individuals accompanying patients who require assistance will be permitted to remain with the patient.
- Requiring face masks – please come to the office wearing one. If you are unable to obtain a mask, please contact the office before leaving your car and a member of our team will assist you.
- Vaccination cards or Covid-19 testing for all patients scheduled for procedures in our Endosurgery Center