The History of Pain: History of Celiac Disease

There is one thing that I would like to talk about today, and that thing is the history of celiac disease. Celiac disease is one of the many diseases that has today riddled humanity. It is an infamous disease that stems from gluten consumption and it is basically a disease that propelled the anti-gluten hipster movement (little did those hipsters know that gluten is basically safe as long as you do not have gluten sensitivity). Because of how infamous it is, it is only right for us to talk about how it can be as infamous as it is today. In today’s History of Pain, I want to show you a bit about the history of celiac disease. 

The history of celiac disease timeline: why does celiac disease exist?

A long time ago, in a country far far away, humanity gathered fruits from the trees and meats from the animals of the wild. They did so to preserve themselves, to prevent them from dying of hunger. One moment not far from that very own, some kinky caveman thought that perhaps people can drink milk from a cow’s udder much like they can drink milk from their women. And so that dorky caveman embarked on a journey to drink from a cow’s udder. The dorky caveman succeed in life and found out that cow’s milk is as drinkable as a human’s one. Turns out nothing bad happened to his body and he proceeded to drink the nectar that the cow gave him. That dorky caveman became people who are not riddled with celiac disease.

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Another caveman, this time a bit smarter than the dorky caveman back then, thought that perhaps one can eat the oval things that popped out of a chicken’s butt. And so the smarter caveman ate the oval thing that popped out of a chicken’s butt. That smarter caveman also became people who are safe from celiac disease.

However, there are some cavemen who drank milk and ate eggs and right after developed an unknown disease in their body. This disease, the celiac disease, keeps going on and on in their bloodline, hence why there are people of the present time who still got celiac disease (these people are weak some might say, but each to their own).

So if people ever ask why celiac disease exist, you can tell them that celiac disease exists today because of the continuation of a weak bloodline. I know that is a bit tough on those with celiac disease, but it is the truth. That is why the family history of celiac disease is a thing to consider before you can apply for celiac disease test. 

Is it possible for someone with no family history of celiac disease to get celiac disease?

It is possible, but at the same time highly unlikely. Celiac disease can be seen as a genetic disease because it is very hereditical, but there are cases where people with no family with celiac disease get celiac disease. Perhaps the gene pool was not being nice to those particular people at the time of their inception, who knows?

That is all I have regarding today’s article. Hope I can help you getting to know better about the history of celiac disease.

Facts of Celiac: How Common is Celiac Disease?

This ‘how common is celiac disease’ question is an interesting question to study. While celiac disease is a disease that is infamous for eating lots of victims, there are still questions about the validity of this disease. Is it a common thing to encounter today? Is it a disease that can hide itself well? How high it is the chance for you in encountering people with celiac disease? Is there a chance that a person you know is a person with celiac disease? Those questions and all of the other questions will be answered today in this article, and if you are curious to learn more about them, then you would do better than to leave this article on the cold recess of internet.

This article, of course, will compare about the numbers of people with celiac disease in many countries, so stay tuned if you are curious on how common is celiac disease.

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Let us start with the first thing: how common is celiac disease in the world?

If I have to speak frankly, celiac disease is pretty common in the world. It is called a common disease not because the numbers have been tested, no. It is only common because many people all over the world claim that they got celiac disease. Because celiac disease is kind of new kid on the disease block, not many tests have been undertaken to point the exact number of how common celiac disease is in the world. These tests take place in developed countries first, and even in those countries the exact figures are yet known. I cannot simply say that 99 percent of the world is riddled with celiac disease because there is no exact number for me to work on!

Let us narrow the scope to simplify it. How common is celiac disease in the US?

This one is a bit easier to answer, but that does not mean the answer would be simple. Bear in mind that there will be lots of statistic down below, so if you cannot handle them, do skip to the very end of this subheading.

In the USA, you can find a person with celiac disease out of 133 healthy person. It is one to 56 when we are talking with the symptoms in mind. 40 percent of the diagnosed children and 59 percent of the diagnosed adults got celiac disease in them. Only 35 percent of the positively tested got diarrhea (people once thought that you need to have diarrhea to be diagnosed with celiac disease. This statistic shows that it is not the case).

For those who do not care about statistics, roughly an amount of 3 million Americans got a positively tested celiac disease.  It is a lot, but I do not think that it is that common.

Let us talk about the northwestern part of the world: how common is celiac disease in Europe?

For a place where many of the countries are developed, Europe actually got a vague number of celiac disease occurrence. Many researches have shown that from the big European countries (the UK, France, Germany, and Spain), there is only 1 percent of people with celiac disease out of the total population of the four countries. The undiagnosed and the misdiagnosed can reach up to 90 percent. The low number of  positively diagnosed people over in Europe means that celiac disease is not that prevalent over there compared to in the United States of America. I wonder why.

That is all about how common is celiac disease in the world, in the USA, and in Europe.

Curing the Celiac: Blood Test for Celiac Disease

Some people have been asking me about blood test for celiac disease. So many questions have been thrown around like Indians threw their tomahawk at invaders, and while some are already answered, there are many like those who are yet to have an answer embedded to their ends. That is why I am writing this article. I am here to tell you all the things you need and to answer all of the questions you may or may not have surrounding blood test for celiac disease. 

This question is pretty interesting: is there an at home blood test for celiac disease?

If you have the tool, of course you can do all types of tests in your house. Celiac disease can be tested as well, but only if have the capability and the kits to do so.

If we are speaking generally (you are a commoner with no practical experience surrounding the world of health and medicine), then no. You cannot test your blood without having a bit of knowledge surrounding it. Even if you do know about it, there are several procedures that you must undergo to check whether or nor you have celiac disease in your body.

Some people claim that they can diagnose themselves with celiac disease at their home without looking on their blood under the scope. Those people are sorely mistaken. Why? Because there are another thing that resembles celiac disease, and that thing is aptly named gluten sensitivity.

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Gluten sensitivity is not the same as celiac disease. People with celiac disease will always be gluten sensitive, but not all people who are gluten sensitive have celiac disease (you can see your intestine. If its damaged, then perhaps you got celiac disease). 

Can a blood test for celiac disease be wrong?

Of course it can.

That is it? No further explanation on your answer?

Nope. Next question, please.

Okay. Unto the next question: how much does a blood test for celiac disease cost?

Oh this one is pretty interesting.

I do not have the exact figure for the cost, but I am pretty sure that the cost is a bit high compared to other types of blood testing. Because the test will not be finished in just one try, you need to undergo several tests before it can show the most accurate of results. Each tests will cost you a slight fortune, and because there are so many of them to undergo, that slight fortune will grow into a marginally larger one. If you are prepared to splurge some cash, the cost will not terror you that bad, but if you are somewhat poor, the bill will hurt you like a lot.

If you have insured yourself, some insurance companies will cover some of the testing cost. They will not cover all of it unless it ticks the company’s checklist, so be prepared to co-cover the costs of the tests.

Celiac disease is a pretty harmful disease to have around, so if you start to see its symptoms in your body, then you might want to visit the local hospital and ask for a blood test for celiac disease.

Tested in Blood: Blood Tests for Celiac Disease

Perhaps you have been wondering about the availability of blood tests for celiac disease. If you do wonder about it, then do not be ashamed because I once did not know about it as well. Who thought that a pint of blood can tell you all you need to know about your body? Even Galileo and Aristotle did not know it, so I hope you can find peace knowing that the two of the world’s greatest men did not know jack shuck about blood tests for celiac disease.

Now that the introduction is finished, let us get to the question of the day: is there a blood test for celiac disease? Is it accurate? Why and when should I get it? Stay tuned because this article here has all the answer to those questions.

About the availability of the test

It exists, of course, and it has been the craze all over the world these last decades. This happens because people starts to get weaker towards gluten, hence making them vulnerable to celiac diseases when they eat gluten. Now I do not know its situation in all of the countries, but it is a big thing in America and the UK.

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Blood tests for celiac disease accuracy: is there a fallacy in it?

The next question that comes to mind is this. How accurate can the tests be? Is there a chance for the tests to show wrong results?

Because nothing is ever perfect in this world, of course there will be mistakes and mishaps when it comes to testing. It is called testing for a reason, after all.

However, these tests, as long as you keep going with it, will get even more accurate. If you REALLY need to know about the accuracy of the tests, then be my guest in paying the test fees. 

Blood test for celiac disease cost: will it break my bank?

Now we get to the interesting part: the cost.

Because everything health related is expensive these days, of course blood testing will be expensive as well. I cannot get a precise fee for each tests, but I do know that insurances will only cover some of it. You cannot expect the insurance company to have any profound impact on lowering the overall fee, so do not get all of your hopes up when you have insured your health.   

I can pay for it. What criterias should I fill before I can take the test?

There are several things you need to know before you can apply as a test subject. First, you have to be older than 3 years old. If you are under three years old, there will not be any result to take from because it will not be accurate. Second, you need to show that you have celiac disease symptoms. Far too many times that people, especially young people these days, think that eating gluten-filled food will poison them. If you do not show any symptoms related to celiac diseases, then you are not qualified to apply for the blood test. Third, you can apply for the test if you have any close relatives with celiac disease (it includes parents, siblings, and children).

Only after you have fulfilled all of those criteria that you are allowed to apply for the test, no exception.

I guess that is all for this article on blood tests for celiac disease.

The Cholesterol Revelation: How to Increase Hdl Cholesterol Level?

Somebody once told me that there are several ways you can do to answer that decades old ‘how to increase Hdl cholesterol level’ question. Because I am such a critic, I always try to find out the truth within those ways. Turns out I was being a critic at the wrong time because every ways that that particular somebody told me are correct. If you want to know how to increase hdl levels of cholesterol, then you can follow these ways I am going to tell you:

Eat well

I am not kidding, friends.

If you eat well, you will get a high level of hdl cholesterol. If you want to know how to increase hdl cholesterol level, this particular answer is probably the most right of them all. Cholesterols will increase as you eat foods, and these cholesterols can be good cholesterol or bad cholesterol. The cholesterols that get increased will somehow contradict with the taste of the food; if the food tastes good, there is a high chance that it will not be filled with a healthy cholesterol. On the other hand, if the food tastes bad, there is a high chance that healthy cholesterol will fill it to the brim (that is unless you drink sewage water. Aside from tasting bad, there is no healthy cholesterol contained within it).

If you think taste is a bit subjective, then you can see it this way: if the food makes you feel bloated even when you only ate a bit of it, it is probably filled with unhealthy cholesterol. If it is not, then you can safely assume that it is a healthy food.

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How to increase hdl cholesterol levels with food then?

Ah I see you are interested in eating good food, eh? I like that notion. Eating foods with bad cholesterol is okay, but only if you do not eat them everyday an instead eat these collections of food items I have :

    • Olive oil : the golden kid of any foods involving Italy and other Mediterranean countries. Olive oil is probably the best thing ever from Meditteranean foods because they can make you healthy while at the same time happy (because they taste good, that is why). If you can, pick the extra virgin one because it breaks down when you cook it.
    • Soy : if you dislike meat or if you are a part of the heathen club called vegetarianism and veganism, then soy is the perfect alternative of the red, succulent flesh.  It is almost ALWAYS included in any increase hdl cholesterol levels diet because it is just that healthy. Then again, some people concluded that the hdl cholesterol level rises not because they eat soy, but because they stopped eating meat altogether. Either way, soy is good for you.
    • Red wine : I might trigger some people out there, but believe me when I say that a drink in moderation will make you healthier when it comes to hdl cholesterol. Moderation means two glasses for men and one glasses for women. This rule applies to those who drinks only, so if you have not drink alcoholic beverages yet, then do not.

That is all I can say on how to increase Hdl cholesterol level, folks, hope this article can help you.

The System of Symptoms: Celiac Disease Symptoms in Children

In today’s article, there is an interesting thing that all of us need to know, and that interesting thing is celiac disease symptoms in children. Celiac disease is a malady that can strike people of any age and any dispositions, and that is why it is a disease that is somewhat dangerous when left untreated. While some people believed that celiac disease is just like a bigger allergy (in which the thing will go by itself as people grow older), many researches have shown that celiac disease is not a disease that will leave the host’s body by itself. It needs to be treated, and the faster you can treat it, the faster it will go.

Naturally, we will always want to prevent rather than cure, right? That is why it is important for you to understand about symptoms of a particular disease. Just like any major diseases out there, celiac disease does have its own symptoms to be considered. These symptoms are most apparent when the patient have not reached puberty yet, so you might want to look at these symptoms and see for yourself whether or not there are celiac disease symptoms in a child of yours.

So without further ado, let us begin:

Celiac disease symptoms in children: is it readily apparent?

No, actually. You need to understand your children first before you can deem them riddled with celiac disease. What do I mean by that?

First thing first, I want to tell you that the foremost sign of your child having a celiac disease can be found within their eating habit. If your children does not like to eat lots of food or if they have low appetite, there is a chance that your children got celiac disease in them.

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This is what I mean when I say that you need to understand your children first before you can test them for celiac disease. If you know your children well, you will probably know about their eating habit. If you do not know them, there will be a high chance of misdiagnosis from you. What happens when you see your child not eating lots of food and when you bring him to the doctor, the doctor said that the child is just someone who doesn’t like to eat lots of food? Would it not embarrass you?

Alternatively, a change in eating habit can also be one of the many celiac disease symptoms in child, so you can look for that as well. 

Any other coeliac disease symptoms in a child I should know of?

One more thing: if your children are somewhat delayed when it comes to puberty, then you might want to bring them to the doctor and get the children tested. A delayed puberty is a major thing that may tell you about whether or not your children got celiac disease, and if you do not treat them immediately, puberty will hit them MUCH later. Swollen belly can also be a sign of celiac disease, but make sure that your kid is not just fat on the belt before you tell them that they got celiac disease.

That is a little about celiac disease symptoms in children.

Finding the Perfect Point for that Non Hdl Cholesterol Goal

People have been setting up their personal non hdl cholesterol goal to achieve, and they are right to do so because it is good for them. Setting up your own non hdl cholesterol goal can be a good thing for you as well because of several reasons. If you are curious about the why and the how setting up a low non hdl cholesterol level is good, then do proceed with this article.

What is non hdl cholesterol goal actually is?

Let us make it simple. We have already explored the definition and the reason behind the existence of hdl cholesterol in the article from before, so it is only right for us to explore its malicious cousin (or sibling. I do not know in what type of relationship these two cholesterols are in) to give it the attention that it needs.

Non hdl cholesterol, or more affectionately called the ldl cholesterol (the thing has a name as well, you know. You might offend it by not saying it outright) by scientists and commoners alike, is the devil on our other shoulder. It is the bad one from the two cholesterol, and having them inside your body is not recommended. Because nobody likes having anything bad within their body, many people has set up goal for non hdl cholesterol. The goal is pretty short in explanation, actually. Your ldl cholesterol cannot exceed a certain threshold (or a goal), and if it did, you will fail. The premise is pretty easy to understand, right?

While the premise is easy to understand, the fundamentals are a bit unknown

What I mean by fundamentals are the basic knowledge of what is the perfect point for ldl cholesterol. How can we know that a certain level of ldl cholesterol is good? Is it true that there is an undeniable ldl cholesterol level threshold that will apply for every person in this world?

There are researches, but the researches have not pulled out the best outcome

The treatment goal for non hdl cholesterol value is a bit vague, to be honest. A research indicates that having a non-hdl cholesterol level of 77 is your safest bet. If you did not cross that, you will be safe from heart attacks. Your heart will work better as well and your cardiovascular activity will not get ruined by it.

But there is another research that comes up saying that 84 is a threshold that you definitely cannot exceed. If it’s lower than 84, your body will still be good and it will not have problems. Coronary plaque build-up (the thing that make your heart goes into arrest) will be lessened and you will be all around healthy.

 

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BUT (I will not be tired with ‘buts’ in this article so be prepared) another research says that if you are someone with a frail heart, a nice spot of 80 is the perfect MAXIMUM amount of non hdl cholesterol if you. BUT another says 70, so people with a frail heart can get in a bit of a pickle. I personally believed that you should not exceed 70 if your heart is weak, but that is just an opinion.

If your heart is strong and you have no heart problems since forever, then 100 is the safe word.

BUT…

Just kidding.

That’s all folks regarding non Hdl cholesterol goal, I do hope this article can shed some light regarding your search on the topic.

High Hdl Cholesterol Level: What Will it Bring?

Some people asked me about high Hdl cholesterol level and the meaning behind having that. While I am not a practitioner of the cholesterol art, I know a thing or two about them, and that knowledge is what I am going to relay to you today. We are going to talk about high hdl cholesterol level and what does it mean to have that thing in your body.

Let me introduce to you all of the cholesterols within our body

There are many types of cholesterols in our body. Some can be good and some can be bad, but they both entered our body through the most basic of means: through savouring the foods that are present in the world. Some of these foods contain good cholesterol and some of them contain bad cholesterol, hence why people who is on a cholesterol patrol will always look for the type of cholesterol within the foods that they are going to eat.

On the contrary to the good things you will get from having a high good cholesterol level, you will get lots of bad things from having high level of non hdl cholesterol (to make it simple for you, the good cholesterol level is called hdl cholesterol). 

Do high hdl cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease?

Let me get this straight.

Let us see cholesterol as coins. Every coins have two sides on them. They are the master of chances, the very thing that can make every decisions in the world. In a game of football, the referee would throw a coin before deciding which team will be the one to start the kickoff. While the kickoff is not the final decision taker in that particular game, having the advantage of kicking the ball first is pretty nice for a team with a well-rounded tactics.

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Just like the coin, there are two sides to cholesterol. One of them is good (the hdl cholesterol), and one of them is kind of bad (the ldl cholesterol). If you visit a clinic or something and you check your cholesterol level, the clinic will often tell you about the levels of each cholesterol types within your body. If you happen to have high hdl cholesterols levels when they told you about the test result, then you can pat yourself in the back and the chest because you are healthy! Your heart will be safer from diseases and your soul willl be calmer thanks to the fact that you know you are healthy. It is true when people told me that a healthy heart means a good life. 

Can your hdl cholesterol level be too high?

It is a resounding no while at the same time being a small bit of ‘yes’.

If you are a normal person without any complications related to your metabolism, then the hdl cholesterol will never reach a level that is too high for your body. It might be a bit higher in levels compared to the others, but that just signifies how healthy you are compared to the other people.

However, if your metabolism is a bit weird, there is a chance that the hdl cholesterol level will be too high (higher than the normal high ones, of course). If the hdl cholesterol level is too high, you might want to start taking drugs that reduce cholesterol levels. If you leave it at a ‘too high’ level, the cholesterol might start attacking your heart rather than protecting it.

That is why you should always keep watch for any oddities in your metabolism to see whether or not the high Hdl cholesterol level is dangerous for you.

About Lipid Panel with LDL HDL Ratio

Lipid panel with LDL HDL ratio is rarely known by people. Before we talk about what lipid panel is, first we need to talk about what is LDL and HDL. LDL is the abbreviation of Low Density Lipoprotein, it is the bad kind of cholesterol. HDL is the abbreviation of High Density Lipoprotein, it is the good kind of cholesterol.

What is Lipid Panel?

Lipid panel is a measuring tool to calculate the level of all types of cholesterol, from HDL, LDL, and also Triglycerides. Those 3 types of cholesterol is measured in milligram per deciliter blood, or mg/dl. The measurement result of LDL is usually higher than HDL. The combination of the measurement of HDL and LDL is called as total cholesterol. In conclusion, by using lipid panel, you are able to know how to figure out total cholesterol/HDL ratio.

After using lipid panel to measure the all types of cholesterol in your blood, then you need to know about the ratio of your cholesterol. For example, if you have the level of total cholesterol 200mg/dl and your level of HDL 50mg/dl, then it is 200:50, which means 4:1. Some experts suggest that the ideal ratio of total cholesterol to HDL is below 5:1 in order to reduce the risk of getting cholesterol disease such as stroke and heart attack.

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Generally, it is easier to reduce the level of LDL by diet compared to increase the level of HDL. But it does not mean impossible to increase the level of HDL in your blood. You are able to search some tips to raise the level of HDL on the internet.

How to Measure Total Cholesterol

Before getting to know how much your total cholesterol is, your blood needs to be taken. You need to fasting 9 hours to 12 hours before your blood taken. This needs to be done because accurate measurement result needs the minimal value which the number does not increase because of food. But you are still able to drink mineral water when you are fasting. Then, bring your sample blood to the laboratory.

When the result comes, read each level of your cholesterol. The ideal level of LDL cholesterol is less than 100mg/dl. It is included in high category if it is more than 100mg/dl. Next, read the level of your HDL. The ideal level of HDL cholesterol is at least 60mg/dl. Your level of HDL is categorized in low level if it is less than 40mg/dl. And the ideal level of Triglycerides is less than 150mg/dl. And your Triglycerides is included in high level if it is more than 150mg/dl.

Then, how do you calculate the total of your cholesterol? You just need to add the number of the 3 types of cholesterol. For example if the level of your LDL is 90mg/dl, your HDL is 60mg/dl, and your Triglycerides is 140mg/dl, then your total cholesterol is 290mg/dl. To get the ratio, compare the total of cholesterol with HDL or LDL. Those are about the lipid panel with LDL HDL ratio.

Tips How to Raise HDL and Lower LDL

How to raise HDL and lower LDL tips need to be followed so that you are able to control the level of your cholesterol. There are 3 types of cholesterol, the first is HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) which is the good kind of cholesterol. The second is LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) which is the bad kind of cholesterol and the last is Triglycerides. Those 3 types of cholesterol needs to be balanced in your blood. Here are some tips how to raise HDL and lower LDL cholesterol.

How to Reduce LDL Level
    1. Exercise routinely

Exercise such as Yoga, Aerobic, Taichi, cycling, swimming, and jogging can be done. But the important thing is the exercise should be suitable with the age and ability of the person who has high level of cholesterol. Work out for 3 minutes 5 times in a week is able to increase the level of HDL and reduce the level of LDL effectively. There are a lot of benefits of working out for your health such as getting the toxic out of your body through sweat, keeping your heart healthy, and keeping your body weight in ideal number.

    1. Consume More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits such as pomegranate, orange, grapes, and olive is good at reducing the level of LDL cholesterol. Consuming fruits and vegetables is able to reduce the risk of getting high level of cholesterol because those fruits and vegetables contain a lot of fibers and antioxidant which are really good at dissolving fats and getting it out of your body. Change your snacks with fresh fruit or vegetables salad.

    1. Stop Consuming Alcohol

Quit consuming alcohol is the next tip how to increase HDL and lower LDL. Consuming alcohol is not only able to damage your liver but also increase the level of the bad kind of cholesterol. Consuming alcohol has the effect of increasing blood pressure, body weight, and also cholesterol. Moreover, consuming alcohol has the negative effects directly for your heart, such as irregular heart beat and the failure of heart pump.

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How to Raise HDL Level
    1. Quit Smoking

The first tip of how to improve HDL and reduce LDL is by stop smoking. There is chemical content in a cigarette which is called Acrolein. This content is able to stop the activity of the good kind of cholesterol or HDL bringing fats to your liver so that it causes artery narrowing or Atherosclerosis. It can be concluded that smoking is the main factor for a person to get heart attack disease or stroke.

    1. Consume Foods that Contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids will not affect the level of LDL, but it is able to increase the level of HDL and reduce the blood pressure. Some kinds of fish such as herring, salmon, and mackerel contain this omega 3 fatty acids. Or you are able to consume almond or walnut to get omega 3 fatty acids. This is also a tip how to raise HDL and lower LDL.