Nuts, when part of a balanced diet, may help decrease your risk for coronary heart disease. Nuts help lower LDL-cholesterol (sometimes called "bad cholesterol"), improve the health of your arteries, and reduce the risk for blood clots. Nuts pack a lot of nutrition into a tiny package, including unsaturated fats, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and vitamin E. Most nuts contain similar health benefits, including walnuts and almonds. While nuts are healthy, the majority of their calories come from fat. Nuts should be eaten in moderation, and more as a replacement for saturated fats and unhealthy snacks.
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Does eating nuts decrease my risk for coronary heart disease?
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When should I call my doctor if I have celiac disease?
Call a doctor if you or your child has symptoms of celiac disease, such as:
- Unexpected weight loss.
- Diarrhea that lasts longer than 1 to 2 weeks.
- Failure of a child to grow or gain weight as expected.
- Unusual fatigue or mood changes, especially if these last more than a week and aren't related to any other illness, such as the flu.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, call a doctor if:
- Symptoms continue, come back or get worse.
If you think that you or your child may have celiac disease, watchful waiting is appropriate if mild symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting last only for a few days. Talk with a doctor if your child continues to have diarrhea and doesn't seem to be gaining weight as expected even though he or she has a good appetite.Who to see
Health professionals who may evaluate symptoms of celiac disease in adults or children include:
- Family medicine doctors.
- Nurse practitioners.
- Physician assistants.
A doctor who specializes in problems with the digestive system ( gastroenterologist ) should be consulted to confirm the diagnosis with a small intestine biopsy. In addition, a dietitian can help you plan and stay on a gluten-free diet.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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What types of heart disease can children get after birth?
Among children who develop an acquired heart disease, the most common conditions include:-Arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat
-Cardiomyopathy, a weakened heart that pumps inefficiently
-Endocarditis (infection within the heart)
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