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Should I Work Out Or Is It Pointless?
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Mike212    1

I am 15 years old and I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month ago. I think I am about average when it comes to strength for a 15 yr old guy. My plan for the summer was to work out and get a six-pack and all that and of course be gluten free. I think I have been gluten free for about half a month now and my fatigue is a little better but I know that isn't enough time for the villi to heal. And without villi I can't get nutrients. Sooo, my question is if I work out, go to the gym, run will it improve my muscles or will it just be pointless??  Any help would be greatly appreciated cause I'm really running out of time 2 more months until schools back.

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cyclinglady    714

No, it's not pointless.  Just listen to your body and don't over do it!  I still run, swim and cycle despite my anemia.  I'm just going at a slower pace than I was.  You are getting some nutrients.  Just take your vitamins and eat lots of lean protein.   There were points when I had to slow down or stop exercising (three weeks after a hospital trip that resulted in a back injury) or when I knew that my daily chores/job would not get done if I went on a 50 mile bike ride.  So, I'd skip the exercise or wouldn't go as far.  I've always worked out three times a week swimming.  That never stopped.

 

Have fun.  Stay hydrated, eat lean protein and workout in the early morning when it's cool!  (Hitting over 100 degrees today!)

 

 

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Mike212    1

No, it's not pointless.  Just listen to your body and don't over do it!  I still run, swim and cycle despite my anemia.  I'm just going at a slower pace than I was.  You are getting some nutrients.  Just take your vitamins and eat lots of lean protein.   There were points when I had to slow down or stop exercising (three weeks after a hospital trip that resulted in a back injury) or when I knew that my daily chores/job would not get done if I went on a 50 mile bike ride.  So, I'd skip the exercise or wouldn't go as far.  I've always worked out three times a week swimming.  That never stopped.

 

Have fun.  Stay hydrated, eat lean protein and workout in the early morning when it's cool!  (Hitting over 100 degrees today!)

 

 

Ok thanks for your advice! I am taking vitamins to get more nutrients and eating alot of protein. I'm heading to the gym now.

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Definitely work out.  I believe that it helps with the healing process.  I always feel better when I work out.  Don't worry about the 6 pack abs though.  Just try to be healthy.  From a woman's point of view, sometimes those really built guys just look self centered rather than appealing. 

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Mike212    1

Definitely work out.  I believe that it helps with the healing process.  I always feel better when I work out.  Don't worry about the 6 pack abs though.  Just try to be healthy.  From a woman's point of view, sometimes those really built guys just look self centered rather than appealing. 

Thanks for advice again lol. You answer all my questions. I too feel better after a workout. It's just it can be hard sometimes to start with a workout cause i kinda still have fatigue.

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Mike212    1

I understand the fatigue.  Some days you might just want to go for a walk.  It really does help to get out and do something.  

 

Yep, I've noticed that. Thanks for all your help!

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You are welcome.  Have a good summer.  My 16 year old son has started running recently.  It is good to see him able to do that.  For so long his reflux symptoms kept him from being able to do much.

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cahill    189

I am 15 years old and I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month ago. I think I am about average when it comes to strength for a 15 yr old guy. My plan for the summer was to work out and get a six-pack and all that and of course be gluten free. I think I have been gluten free for about half a month now and my fatigue is a little better but I know that isn't enough time for the villi to heal. And without villi I can't get nutrients. Sooo, my question is if I work out, go to the gym, run will it improve my muscles or will it just be pointless??  Any help would be greatly appreciated cause I'm really running out of time 2 more months until schools back.

no it is not pointless. Working out is about fitness. The one thing I would suggest is to make sure you are eating enough to support your workouts. Being 15 and male is optimum for muscle growth but you need to eat enough to allow that to happen .

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Mike212    1

no it is not pointless. Working out is about fitness. The one thing I would suggest is to make sure you are eating enough to support your workouts. Being 15 and male is optimum for muscle growth but you need to eat enough to allow that to happen .

ok thanks for ur advice, i do really think that I am eating alot. So the no villi thing and not being able to get that much nutrients doesnt mean that I cant gain muscle or will it make musclebuilding harder?

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cahill    189

ok thanks for ur advice, i do really think that I am eating alot. So the no villi thing and not being able to get that much nutrients doesnt mean that I cant gain muscle or will it make musclebuilding harder?

have you had your vitamin and mineral levels tested ??

when you where diagnosed with celiacs  did you have an endoscopy ? what did the biopsys  show?

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Mike212    1

have you had your vitamin and mineral levels tested ??

when you where diagnosed with celiacs  did you have an endoscopy ? what did the biopsys  show?

i have not had my had my vitamin and mineral levels tested, but i did have an endoscopy, the biopsys showed that my villi were damaged but still not totally flat and i had inflammation as well. But before that i had two blood tests the first one being 90 and the second one 64 so idk why the second one was better than the first.

 

And just curious how have you cut soy, gluten AND dairy from ur diet, that seems impossible to me, im just speechless, and i thought i had it bad with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, but i reallly shouldnt be complaining lol

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cahill    189

i have not had my had my vitamin and mineral levels tested, but i did have an endoscopy, the biopsys showed that my villi were damaged but still not totally flat and i had inflammation as well. But before that i had two blood tests the first one being 90 and the second one 64 so idk why the second one was better than the first.

 

And just curious how have you cut soy, gluten AND dairy from ur diet, that seems impossible to me, im just speechless, and i thought i had it bad with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, but i reallly shouldnt be complaining lol

I was undiagnosed for a very very long time and the damage to my gut was quite extensive .

How have I cut soy gluten and dairy from my diet??? I had no choice :ph34r:    After my diagnoses I discovered many other intolerances  . We all do what we have too .

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Mike212    1

I was undiagnosed for a very very long time and the damage to my gut was quite extensive .

How have I cut soy gluten and dairy from my diet??? I had no choice :ph34r:    After my diagnoses I discovered many other intolerances  . We all do what we have too .

Well props to you for overcoming so many challenges. If u can cut all that from ur diet i should be able to atleast cut out gluten lol.

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