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Celiac disease connections to Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s tumor scare

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck has returned to “Fox and Friends” after having surgery to remove a tumor in her abdomen. The cohost is known for her battle against celiac disease and has documented her gluten-free diet in several books. Her surgery has raised questions among her fans about possible connections between tumors and celiac disease.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck temporarily left her TV show to deal with her health crisis. The abdominal tumor was found during a routine checkup, and she was urged to get it removed as soon as possible. The “Fox and Friends” cohost reveals that the tumor was benign, but she was still in a lot of pain. A successful surgery has allowed Elisabeth Hasselbeck to return to work and share the importance of having regular medical appointments.

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The 37-year-old has been open about her own battle with celiac disease. She first noticed her health problems in 1997 after taking several trips abroad and ending up with a bacterial intestinal infection. Despite dealing with the infection, she continued to suffer from digestive health problems while facing excruciating pain on a daily basis. Elisabeth Hasselbeck shares that doctors first diagnosed her with IBS, but their treatment plans did not help her. It was her experience on “Survivor: The Australian Outback” that finally revealed she felt better without wheat because the contestants had a restricted diet. After a long fight to prove she had celiac disease, she switched to a gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease can damage the intestines, and it has been linked to several cancers. There are also reports of tumors being found in other parts of the body that may be associated with the disease. However, more research is necessary to gain a full understanding of the disorder and its connection to cancer. Medical experts recommend following a strict gluten-free diet to avoid damage to the digestive system and having routine doctor visits to check for potential problems.

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