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What Is Celiac Disease?

DanielleBanks2November is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is estimated that 1 out of every 141 Americans have celiac disease, but 83% of those individuals who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Although some individuals with celiac disease may show no symptoms, some of the most common symptoms include:

• Bloating or Gas
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Fatigue
• Pale Mouth Sores
• Headaches
• Discolored Teeth

Because these are very common symptoms for a variety of diseases, celiac disease tends to be misdiagnosed. The only treatment available for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet. Continuing to eat gluten can damage the intestine. A gluten-free diet consists of avoiding foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley. This disease is becoming more common; therefore, many products are also made gluten-free.

If you have family members or friends with celiac disease, remember to be sensitive to their gluten-free diet. During the upcoming holiday season, we will tend to have a variety of meals and desserts. Consider using some of these common gluten-free alternatives:

• Brown Rice
• Corn Flour
• Corn Starch
• Lentils
• Soy Flour

To learn more about this disease, visit

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Danielle Banks
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