Have you been diagnosed with celiac disease? If so, you may feel lost, wondering how you’ll adjust to life without gluten. At Triborough GI, New York, we understand how difficult living with celiac disease can be.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists provide diagnosis and ongoing support to patients with this autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to attack your small intestine.
Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is to adopt a gluten-free diet. But the more you learn about gluten, the more you realize it hides in many unexpected places, making it a challenge to adjust to your new lifestyle.
Our team is here to help. Here are some tips for making lifestyle adjustments when you’re diagnosed with celiac disease.
Learn to love the ingredients lists
The most important change you need to make after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease is the shift to a gluten-free diet. For most people, going gluten-free is a big change, but even small slip-ups can cause lots of distress.
Learn to love the ingredients list. Getting to know what’s in your food can help you stay away from gluten and avoid the unpleasant symptoms that arise when you accidentally ingest this tiny protein.
Key ingredients to avoid include:
- Brewer’s yeast
You also must avoid oats unless they are labeled “gluten-free”.
Understand hidden gluten
While many packaged foods list allergens, including gluten, be sure you understand the hidden gluten.
Keep a lookout for ingredients like:
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
- Modified food starch
- Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP)
- All forms of malt and malt variations
The source of the protein and starch could be wheat if it’s not identified, so look for the source when you review ingredients.
You’ll also want to ask your pharmacist or Doctor at Triborough Gi about different medications since some may contain gluten. While most oral medications are gluten-free, some contain amounts that can trigger a reaction in people with celiac disease.
Taking Care While Eating Out
The good news is that many restaurants are now more understanding about celiac disease and gluten-free dining. However, it’s important to exercise caution whenever you’re not preparing your food.
Begin by getting comfortable asking questions about the ingredients in the food, the food preparation process and making small requests. A little discomfort while ordering food outweighs the intestinal discomfort and other symptoms you may experience later if you don’t exercise caution. It can be helpful to call ahead and talk about the menu so you don’t catch the server and chef at a busy time.
Pay special attention to how foods are prepared, such as whether French fries are breaded before cooking or fried in the same fryer as breaded food items, like chicken, and the ingredients in condiments. For example, most soy sauces contain wheat as one of the primary ingredients.
Triborough GI has the top NYC Gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and treat you in any way they can.
Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding Celiac Disease.
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