In many countries, ailment gluten intolerance is considered a hidden epidemic. In our, pill either because the symptoms are mild, or because you go unnoticed for a little eye trained, there for every diagnosed celiac there are eight who ignore their condition, as discussed in Latin American Symposium on Celiac Disease, just completed.

“We fed so poorly that chronic diseases are leading us ahead. In the case of celiac disease, the highest prevalence is in wheat producing countries, as Argentina. International studies indicate that the diagnosis usually takes five years; while, patients go through many hands before learning that suffer”, told La Nacion's degree in nutrition Andrea Gonzalez, section chief of the Department of Food Gastroenterology Hospital Dr. Bonorino Udaondo.

Aftas, chronic anemia, bloating, Migraines, early menopause, osteoporosis and even infertility on the list of symptoms of celiac disease when not properly identified. Celiac disease occurs in genetically predisposed people develop gluten intolerance, a protein found in cereals in such cases hurt the small intestine.

Treatment, Lifetime, a diet consisting of foods prepared without wheat, oats, barley and rye (TACC). This prevents atrophy or damage the villi lining the intestinal walls and makes the body can absorb the nutrients it needs to not malnourished.

“The road is not easy, but it is possible and necessary, noted Gonzalez. To achieve the necessary improvement is accompanied by a group of expert health disorder that shares genes with other autoimmune diseases, so the person is more likely to have reumatitis, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes. Therefore, expedite diagnosis helps a lot.”

For Dr. Edgardo Smecuol, Intestine of Section Udaondo hospital, underdiagnosis of celiac disease in our country is mainly due to two causes: the absence of symptoms that allow identify rapidly in primary care and medical ignorance that certain disorders may hide.

Among themselves, for example, are delayed menarche or suffer recurrent spontaneous abortions, since it is estimated that the disease is three times more common in women than in men.

The “trigger immune”

But either silent or symptomatic manifestation, There are diagnostic procedures that identify their presence, as laboratory tests with antibodies, gastrointestinal endoscopy endoscopic biopsy of the duodenum.

“The diagnosis is not as easy as it looks, since it is necessary to converge high levels of professional knowledge and quality of laboratory work, Pathologists and samples”, stated Dr. Julio Bai, head of the Department of Medicine and codirector of Udaondo hospital early “Latin American Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease”.

The absence of that knowledge and quality in clinical examination makes “the disease is diagnosed without uniform criteria and that most patients roam professionals with different levels of information, he added. Often receive people who were diagnosed with celiac disease, told them a diet without TACC and then test had determined that the. Therefore, is important to know that this diagnosis has implications for life.”

Although not all people with celiac disease have the same level of sensitivity to gluten, ingesting even a small amount can trigger mistakenly inflammation. Internationally, the gluten-tolerable threshold or the minimum amount required to trigger the “trigger immune”- is set 10 milligrams. This measure, in any kitchen, would result in a tenth of a teaspoon.

By Fabiola Czubaj
Of the Writing of the NATION

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