Dr. Gary Kaplan addressed the DC and Northern Virginia Celiac Support groups at their June 5, 2010 meeting. In the attached video, Dr. Kaplan describes Celiac Disease (CD), as an autoimmune disorder with environmental and genetic triggers.
Dr. Kaplan identifies 4 types of Celiac Disease: “Typical,” “Atypical,” “Silent,” and “Latent,” with each type characterized by a different presentation of symptoms. He explains why so many people with Celiac Disease remain undiagnosed, and he discusses the numerous environmental triggers that can help set off the disease.
According to Dr. Kaplan, people with Celiac Disease are at a higher risk for developing other autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Disease, Grave’s Disease, and Addison’s Disease. Consequently, if one autoimmune diagnosis is reached, it is important to check for other co-existing autoimmune conditions.
Finally, Dr. Kaplan urges that if you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you must pay close attention to your nutrition beyond adopting a gluten-free diet. And if you’ve had undiagnosed Celiac Disease for awhile, you should be checked for underlying nutritional deficiencies and medical problems.
Part 2: Four Types of Celiac Disease
Part 3: Extra-Intestinal Symptoms
Part 4: Environmental Triggers
Part 5: CD & Other Autoimmune Conditions
Part 6: The Role of Vitamin D
Part 7: Dr. Kaplan’s Integrative Approach