Wednesday, March 18, 2009

IBS sufferers should be tested for Celiac disease

More news outlets are starting to pick up the concept that Celiac might be the actual cause of many undiagnosed symptoms. I saw this article on Google alerts the other day, repeating the story that IBS sufferers should be tested for Celiac disease.

Here's the guidelines if you don't want to go hunting for them.

IBS patients with diarrhea or a mixture of diarrhea and constipation should be screened with blood tests for celiac disease, a condition in which one cannot tolerate the gluten protein found in wheat and other grains.

Of course, this blog brought this health tip out nearly two years ago. While the GI docs seem to be getting the message out, it would be great if some of the others, like Dermatology and those involved with neurological disorders, could get on board.