If celiac disease is properly managed, most people diagnosed with celiac disease can have a normal life expectancy. However, if celiac disease is not treated with a diet that is completely free of gluten, then the damage that is caused to the small intestine will continue and it could potentially be life threatening. When celiac disease goes untreated in adults or children, they become malnourished. Liver diseases and cancers of the digestive tract can also occur as a result of long-term unmanaged celiac disease. The most important thing if you suspect you or someone you care for has celiac disease is to get diagnosed so treatment can begin.
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What is my life expectancy with celiac disease?
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What should I be aware of if I am a senior with calcification in the aorta?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredCalcification in the aorta is extremely common at your age. It is often first seen during a routine x-ray. No treatment is needed to remove the calcium, as it doesn't pose a problem.
That said, calcification is an indicator that your aorta isn't as healthy as it could be. It is typically a sign that patches of cholesterol-laden plaque are accumulating in your aorta. Patches there usually mean that plaque is in other arteries, too, like the coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle.
The best way to protect yourself against this invasion is by taking the standard prevention steps. These include exercise, a healthful diet, not smoking, and controlling weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. You may also want to discuss medications like low-dose aspirin and a statin with your doctor, depending on issues like your bleeding risk and your fasting cholesterol profile. That's the best way to "live with it."
Find out more about this book:Harvard Medical School Heart Disease: A guide to preventing and treating coronary artery disease
What is a pathologist?
Pathologists are medical doctors who specialize in the examination of tissue and blood samples to diagnose disease and who perform autopsies.
Pathologists analyze and evaluate all tissues removed from people by such procedures as surgery or biopsy. They also are in charge of the clinical laboratories that analyze blood and body fluid samples. For example, when a person has a mole removed or has a Pap test, a pathologist examines the specimen to determine the diagnosis. Treatment decisions are often made based on the pathology report.
Pathologists can be board-certified in a number of subspecialities through the American Board of Pathology, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities.
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