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Dr. Mike: Dieting & Celiac Disease

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Gluten-free foods have flooded the market with the increase of people with Celiac Disease.

But is avoiding wheat and gluten products a good way to lose weight? Dr. Mike says no. "It's not the way to go if you just want to lose weight. You need to eat less and exercise more." Dr. Mike said "it's all about caloric accounting."

People with Celiac Disease have antibodies to gluten and can actually damage their intestines by continuing to eat food with gluten. The gluten damages villi because of the allergic reaction and the intestine cannot absorb the nutrients from the food.

Dr. Mike explained a surprisingly high number of people with autism and schizophrenia have the condition. There have been studies that found that when children with autism stop eating gluten products they improve.

The incidents of gluten allergies and Celiac Disease have increased over the years to one out of 133 people. In the 1950's in was one out of 700.

Celiac Disease patients can suffer from bloating, diarrhea, and even depression.

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