In 2006, the National Institutes of Health started a campaign to raise awareness of the disease among both the general public and physicians. A goal was to increase rates of diagnosis because, unlike many ailments, there is a definitive way to stop Celiac disease from progressing once it is recognized.
“The vast majority of cases experience a complete remission from symptoms once they are diagnosed and go on a gluten-free diet. “So essentially, you have no disease. That is what makes it all the more important to be diagnosed.”
And there is no better time to be on a gluten-free diet. In 2008, 832 gluten-free products entered the market, nearly 6 times the number that debuted in 2003. Last year, gluten-free even emerged as a fad diet in the general population. Now we see the gluten-free products everywhere.
“The quantity and quality of these products is amazing,”
Dr. Fasano said gluten-free products used to taste like cardboard but had significantly improved in recent years. “The only problem,” he said, “is that they cost five or six times more than their normal counterparts.”
Researchers are also beginning to experiment with drugs that may be able to block the immune response to gluten, much like a lactate pill. If the clinical trials are successful, individuals with Celiac disease may someday be able to ingest small amounts of gluten.
Until then, the gluten-free diet is working for patients like Ms. Sawka. “I am perfect now,” she said after 35 years of feeling sick. “Every system in my body was in an uproar, and then everything just quieted down.”
By CAROLYN SAYRE
Do you know how many foods contain gluten. You have to learn that to begin with. And you will need to become an expert in reading the ingredients on food labels and become a detective for gluten in the food that is not labeled.
Check out this Gluten Free Food List that should help.
How To Best Use Food Allergy Dining Cards – including this Gluten Free Dining Card! Find this on Living Without’s Gluten Free & More from My Life With Food Allergies via – Celiac and the Beast!
“The Food You Eat Can Be Either The Safest and Most Powerful Form Of Medicine Or The Slowest Form Of Poison.”
So What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Celiac Sprue?
It occurs mostly in whites of Northern European ancestry and is rare in Africans and Asians.
While the precise mechanism of intestinal damage is unknown, it is clear that removal of gluten from the diet results in resolution of symptoms and intestinal healing in most patients.
Gluten refers to the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats (but not rice or corn).
The exact cause of Celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with Celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.
This damage affects the ability to absorb nutrients properly. A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.
The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.
Symptoms of Celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:
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Let’s Talk About The Celiac Disease Diet…..
So what is the treatment….Celiac disease cannot be cured. However, your symptoms will go away and the villi in the lining of the intestines will heal if you follow a lifelong gluten-free diet.
You must read food and medication labels carefully to look for hidden sources of these grains and ingredients related to them. Because wheat and barley grains are common in the American diet, sticking with this diet is challenging. With education and planning, you will heal.
You should NOT begin the gluten-free diet before you are diagnosed. Starting the diet will affect testing for the disease.
The health care provider may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies. Occasionally, corticosteroids (such as prednisone) may also be prescribed for short-term use or if you have sprue that does not respond to treatment. Following a well-balanced, gluten-free diet is generally the only treatment you need to stay well.
When you are diagnosed, get help from a registered dietitian who specializes in Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. A support group may also help you cope with the disease and diet.
So can we prevent Celiac Sprue?
Because the exact cause is unknown, there is no known way to prevent the development of Celiac disease. However, being aware of the risk factors (such as having a family member with the disorder) may increase your chances of early diagnosis, treatment, and a long, healthy life.
10 Facts about Eating Gluten Free your Friends and Family Must Know!
Dear Friends, Family, and acquaintances:
- I am not eating gluten free as part of a fad, or because the latest celebrity has decided to jump on the G-free bandwagon.
- I am not eating gluten free to annoy you, inconvenience you or to make things difficult when we go out to eat.
- I am not eating gluten free to be the center of attention or to put a damper on your party.
- I am not eating gluten free to pay outrageous prices for a single cookie, cupcake, or a tiny little pizza.
- I am not eating gluten free to pay a lot more for a little bag of gluten free flour.
- I am not eating gluten free to worry about what I can eat when I go out to eat.
- I am not eating gluten free because I love to analyze every ingredient on every item I pick up to purchase.
- I am eating gluten free because that little protein that you cannot see in your muffin, cookie, cake, pie, pizza, soup, and yes, even your soy sauce makes me ill.
- I am eating gluten free because that little protein hurts my stomach, my joints, my muscles and yes, even my brain.
- I am eating gluten free because I have a disease.
I am including a Recipe Book you can purchase if you have kiddos affected by this disease.
(The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook offers more than 85 kid-friendly gluten-free recipes. The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook does the planning for you. The spiral-bound cookbook includes an introductory section filled with helpful tips and educational information to help parents understand celiac disease, including a description of the dairy-free and gluten-free (GFCF) diet, and recipes to fit.)
Here are some Resources For People with Celiac.…….
My Gluten Free Facts.com – offers lists of products and foods which are gluten free. Cool service that’s 100% free!
How to Stock your Gluten-Free Freezer
VeryWell.com/Celiac-Disease-4014748….Full of easy to digest explanations, tools, clinical information, even gluten-free recipes and restaurant options.
Find Me Gluten Free App helps you eat gluten-free. View local business ratings and reviews, gluten-free menus, get directions, and call them right from the app.
Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants. Find gluten-free pizza, bakeries, fast food, local businesses, and more!
Happy Gluten Free Eating! 🍴
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