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Medical Offices of Manhattan

Medical Offices of Manhattan’s own Dr. Deevya Narayanan was quoted in Prevention Magazine’s Health article. Below is the section where she was was quoted:

About 1% of the population has celiac disease, a condition in which your body has an autoimmune reaction to gluten that damages your intestinal lining. But it’s estimated that up to 83% of Americans with celiac are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, according to the advocacy group Beyond Celiac. While the most common signs are diarrhea and weight loss, about half of all adults with celiac have some signs not related to their GI tract, including anemia, skin rashes, headaches, and early stage osteoporosis, says Deevya Narayanan, MD, a family medicine physician at the Medical Offices of Manhattan.

What to do: See a gastroenterologist, who can order a blood test that looks for certain antibodies in your blood that indicate celiac disease. If it’s positive, you’ll need an endoscopy so your doctor can take a small tissue sample from your small intestine to analyze it for damage. If you do have celiac, treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. But don’t try to go cold turkey on gluten before doing this test and talking to your doctor, or you could end up with a false negative. (If you’re eating gluten-free and don’t have celiac disease, here’s what you could be doing to your heart.)

For the full article click here.