Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive processes in the small intestine. The symptoms of celiac vary widely and sometimes there are no symptoms at all, making it a challenge to diagnose. Common symptoms in children tend to be digestive in nature, including diarrhea and vomiting, fatty stools, constipation, and abdominal bloating. Adults are more likely to exhibit symptoms like anemia, fatigue, depression, joint pain and arthritis, skin rashes, and infertility.
Weight loss and malnutrition might seem like the obvious signs of malabsorption, your body’s inability to absorb certain nutrients or properly digest certain types of foods. But did you know that even jaundice and diabetes may develop from certain malabsorption syndromes? Gas, bloating, greasy stools, abdominal pain, and diarrhea are all common symptoms of malabsorption. With underlying causes ranging from lactose intolerance and celiac disease to pancreatic infections, liver disease, crohn's disease and even HIV or AIDS you need to be alert to the symptoms so you can get medical help in time.
Lupus is an autoimmune condition caused by a combination of factors, both genetic and environmental. Your genes, having a twin or sibling with the condition, and even your ethnicity all play a part. Lupus has also been linked to triggers like physical or emotional stress, exhaustion, smoking or sun exposure. You may also develop drug-induced lupus after taking sun-sensitizing tetracycline drugs, sulfa drugs, anti-seizure medications, or alpha inhibitors.
Family history, specific genetic mutations, and other autoimmune disorders make you more likely to have the disease. Childhood illness, the age at which gluten was introduced in your diet, and how long you were breastfed matter too. Knowing what causes celiac disease and whether you are at high risk can help you get screened early.
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Echinacea, also known as coneflower, is abundantly found in the central and eastern part of North America and Canada. With various therapeutic properties that have been harnessed since centuries, the herbal supplements of echinacea are gaining a lot of importance in today’s times. The stem, root, flower, and leaves are[.....]
The high aluminum and lead content in green tea can lead to health conditions like low hemoglobin. The antioxidants catechins and tannins hamper iron absorption from your food. If you're not on medication for high BP, anxiety, or arrhythmia, 3 cups a day is fine. Have 2 cups max if you're pregnant. Don't drink it before bedtime if you have insomnia. Stay off it if you're anemic and ask your doc if you're undergoing chemo.
A bright sunny day can be an instant pick-me-up and put a spring in your step. But if you find yourself breaking out in hives, rashes, or painful lesions every time you head out in the sun, you may just be photosensitive. Seeking proper diagnosis, not just for the aesthetic changes you see, but to treat underlying causes if any may help speed up recovery.
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