FeaturesJun/Jul 2015 Issue

Gluten-Free? Still Sick? It Could Be EPI

Gluten-Free? Still Sick? It Could Be EPI

Chances are you haven’t heard of EPI. It may not even be on your doctor’s radar. But everyone with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity should know about it.

After Annie was diagnosed with celiac disease last year, her brain fog and constipation went away. But Annie wasn’t symptom-free, despite a strict gluten-free diet. The 29-year-old from Wilmington, Delaware, still dealt with frequent and painful bloating. She also had worryingly low levels of vitamins D and K. Even with massive supplementation, the vitamin levels wouldn’t budge. Although celiac disease can cause vitamin deficiencies, Annie had another problem—exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).

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