Frequently Asked Questions

My son has Type I diabetes. I have heard that this may put him at increased risk for developing celiac disease. What I can do to reduce his risk of developing celiac disease? What risk(s ) should be aware of as a diabetic living with celiac disease?

Yes there it is recognized that there is an increased risk of celiac disease associated with those living with Type I diabetes. There is likely a genetic basis and hence it is improbable that there is anything you can do to decrease the risk. A serology blood test (tissue transglutaminase antibody) is very useful to screen for celiac disease and if the test is positive a endoscopic duodenal biopsies should be arranged to confirm the diagnosis and assess any damaged to the villi that may have already occurred. Once diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten free diet for life is recommended to prevent the risk of malabsorption and the development of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) complicating the management of your son’s diabetes.

My symptoms are frequent diarrhea with undigested food in stool. What would cause this?

Diarrhea is a symptom that can result from many different causes. You would be wise to see your doctor. Below are some questions you may be asked by your doctor are:

  • How long have you had this problem?
  • Where you have traveled in the recent past?
  • Were you taking antibiotics before the onset of the diarrhea?
  • Has a new medication been prescribed for you? If so, what and when?
  • What other symptoms are you experiencing? (ie. bleeding, weight loss)

The answers to these questions will help your doctor decide whether you need to be referred to a specialist for further investigation. You may need to have routine blood work done as well as stool tests for bacterial cultures looking for parasites and a special bacterial infection called Clostridium difficile.

Do you recommend colon hydrotherapy or enemas in support of colon health?

There is no scientific basis that colonic hydrotherapy or enemas benefit a person's health. On the contrary, if a person has undiagnosed colonic symptoms and tries this approach, it can be associated with significant adverse consequences in the presence of underlying disease.

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