Sunday, October 17, 2010

Celiac disease Intestinal Digestive Allergy

From The

The disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, a nonprofit organization.

When those with the disease consume gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains, such as rye or barley, their immune system attacks the intestine's villi, which help absorb nutrients.

"The first eight inches of the gut" are affected, Andrasik said. Gluten causes it to "enflame and swell, and it stops absorbing. The more damage you have, the less you absorb." 

Left untreated, the disease can cause malnutrition, osteoporosis and intestinal cancers. In women, it carries an increased risk of miscarriage; in children, it can result in short stature. Symptoms include itchy skin rashes, chronic headaches, diarrhea and fatigue.

Celiac disease sufferers go gluten-free


I just met someone whose family has several members with symptoms similar to mine, apparently this is genetic, they've told me. They suggested  I google  "celiac disease".

Celiac disease symptoms can begin at any age, involve multiple organs, and in both children and adults can be extremely variable -- or there ...

Today, we know that celiac disease can begin at any age, persists for life, can involve multiple organs, and that in both children and adults the symptoms of the disease can be extremely variable – or there may be no obvious symptoms at all. Because there is no standard “picture” of a person with celiac disease, some patients go from doctor to doctor for years, seeking a diagnosis for their illness. 
 The symptoms of celiac disease almost always disappear when the patient follows a strict gluten-free diet. In rare circumstances, when the intestines are so severely damaged by chronic inflammation that they cannot heal even with the gluten-free diet, the patient is said to have unresponsive, or refractory, celiac disease.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kidney Disease Might Be Related To Insulin Disorder?

I've got 2 health problems: Gastric problems (Digestive problems) and Kidney Stones

Often the steps I take to address one often aggravate the other.

This article on alerted me to a new study pointing to insulin levels leading to kidney disease (and possibly renal failure)

Researchers most often attribute the disease to defects in the microvasculature of the kidneys as a result of high blood glucose levels, which are known to be toxic to a variety of cell types.

Diabetic kidney disease likely results from defective insulin signaling in the kidneys, contradicting long-standing suspicions, according to findings appearing online today (October 5) in Cell Metabolism.

Scientists have long attributed this type of kidney disease -- the leading cause of renal failure -- to high glucose levels in the blood and defects in the kidney microvasculature.

The study "suggests there's a direct effect of insulin" on epithelial cells in the kidney, "which is really a new idea," said nephrologist Thomas Coffman of Duke University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. "I'm sure it will be a highly cited paper."

Diabetes causes numerous health problems, including a form of kidney disease known as diabetic nephropathy (DN). DN is characterized by protein in the urine, enlarged kidneys, and abnormalities in the glomeruli, specialized capillaries where the urine filtration process begins, and other parts of the kidney.

Read more: Insulin is key to kidney disease - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences

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