We have some very important information to share with you today.
While we were at Columbia University's Topics in Gastroenterology, Dr. Steven Lobritto talked about cirrhosis of the liver and how he has actually seen people who were on the liver transplant list heal enough to be taken off once they started a gluten-free diet.
According to our new book, "Recognizing Celiac Disease", 3.4% of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease have SILENT Celiac Disease. Most patients DO NOT have gastrointestinal symptoms.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver is a non-inflammatory hepatic (liver) disorder characterized by degenerative changes in the liver secondary to excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes.
The good news is that studies showed liver enzymes normalize after 6 months on a gluten-free diet.
If you have patients or family members with non-alcoholic fatty liver (cirrhosis), who are not diagnosed with celiac disease, give them this information so they can get tested.
Related medical studies are referenced in "Recognizing Celiac Disease." www.recognizingceliacdisease.com.
Celiac disease is a multi-system, hereditary, chronic, auto-immune disease estimated to affect 1% of the human population (3 million in the US) that is caused by the ingestion of wheat, barley, rye and oats. It is treated by removing these items from the diet. Signs, symptoms, associated disorders and complications can affect any part of the body and removal of the offending foods can result in complete recovery.