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Sep 14, 2016

Celiac Disease Awareness Month


For many, gluten-free diets are the latest in a long line of fad diets. For those with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet can be a life saver.


Three million people in the United States have this genetic disease. You may be one of the 83% of these who are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Trying a gluten-free diet—for whatever reason—may be your salvation.

October is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Know your risk and the “cure.”
• This disease is hereditary, passed via DNA from parent to child
• You are at greater risk if a close family member has celiac disease
• Stressful events may trigger the onset of this autoimmune disease, sometimes well after childhood
• Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to other autoimmune diseases, cancer, infertility, and neurological problems
• Symptoms may include
- abdominal pain
- anemia
- bloating
- cancer, particularly of the intestines but other organs as well
- constipation
- delayed growth
- depression
- diarrhea
- discoloration of tooth enamel
- Duhring’s disease
- easily broken bones
- fatigue
- gas
- infertility
- irritable bowel syndrome
- itchy skin
- joint pain
- juvenile arthritis
- juvenile or type 1 diabetes
- migraines
- missed periods
- mouth sores
- nausea
- numbness or neuropathy in hands or feet
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- thyroid disease
- weight loss

Completely avoiding gluten is the only way to manage this disease, prevent damage to the villi of your intestines that absorb nutrients from your food, and cure your symptoms. Gluten is present in barley, rye, and wheat AND in these less obvious places
• Beer
• Bulgur
• Deli meats
• Flour for all kinds of baked goods, cereals, pastas, pastries, and pizzas
• Ice cream with starch fillers
• Kamut
• Malt
• Malted milk and malted milk balls
• Natural flavor often includes barley
• Natural smoke flavor may contain barley
• Prescription medications (as filler)
• Processed foods
• Salad dressing and mayonnaise
• Sausage and meatballs that have bread crumb fillers
• Soups (both canned varieties that use flour as thickeners and those with pearl barley)
• Soy sauce
• Spelt
• Spice mixes

Are you undiagnosed or misdiagnosed or have you been treating your celiac disease the wrong way? Consult our healthcare professionals for a celiac disease management plan that will allow you to live the best life possible. For more information, you can contact national organizations that specialize in public awareness and information about celiac disease like www.beyondceliac.org.


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