Celiac disease topic of lecture on Saturday | NevadaAppeal.com

Celiac disease topic of lecture on Saturday

Dr. Hong Gao from GI Consultants will give a lecture on “Celiac Disease: A Common Disease with Multi-System Manifestations” 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Library meeting room in Minden.

Gao will discuss the epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment of the disease and answer questions you.

The event is hosted by the celiac disease support group, Gluten Free Diners, and the public is invited to attend.

Celiac disease is a very common hereditary auto-immune disease where the small intestine is damaged when exposed to gluten in the diet, reducing its ability to absorb nutrients properly and creating a variety of health problems. Celiac disease is now believed to affect 1 of every 133 people.

Symptoms vary from person to person and they can be mild to severe including irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, diarrhea, anemia, vitamin D deficiency, osteoporosis, etc.

Dr. Gao is a gastroenterologist at GI Consultants in Carson City and is also a Ph.D in Public Health. She became interested in celiac disease during her training at Yale University and has been actively involved in patient education of celiac disease over the last several years.

For more information, contact Vicki Bates at vrbates@charter.net or 265-6827.