One of the important points about this article is that the more we look for things, the more likely we are to find them. This is especially true for food allergies that have been overlooked all these years.
“There haven’t been any extensive study to suggest the incidence of this disease in Maharashtra. Until recently, we thought it was uncommon here. Now, with newer tools and tests, we have been diagnosing more cases across the state,” said paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Vishnu Biradar, who is a consultant at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital and Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.
Biradar, who is also coordinating for the registry, said that the treatment for celiac disorder is simple. “Those having this allergy only need to avoid food containing gluten, which includes food items such as wheat chapatti, biscuits, chocolates, bread, cake etc. Thankfully these days, some stores do store gluten-free products and hence patient doesn’t miss anything,” he said.
“Most doctors don’t suspect these symptoms to be associated with the disease. For example, if an adult patient has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), many gastroenterologists don’t suspect celiac disease. However, we have found that to be one of most common manifestations of wheat allergy,”Biradar said.
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