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Celiac Disease

This category contains a comprehensive overview that covers the symptoms of celiac disease, how it is diagnosed, and the best treatment of this digestive disorder that affects children and adults (including those who are overweight or normal weight).

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    Over 90 million Americans follow a gluten-free diet. Half believe the diet to be “healthier." Will they stay gluten-free forever? 



    Michele Bender at a support group meeting

    I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award. Diagnosed in 2003 with Celiac, I have been on the gluten free diet for over 11 years. I focused my Gold Award on helping people who are already on the diet and infoming the public about Celiac disease. 



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    Current treatment for celiac disease is to eat only foods which are gluten-free. But, what about foods processed to remove gluten? Is it safe for people with celiac disease to eat foods that have been processed to remove gluten?


    Beyond Celiac Disease


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    The chilling news is that gluten-harm reaches far beyond the concept of celiac disease.  Gluten has now been recognized to cause a widespread spectrum of illness, over and above celiac disease. The two questions to answer in this context are:

    • How many other diseases does gluten cause?
    • How many people are adversely affected by gluten over their lifetime?


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    For gluten-free Americans who love donuts, life just got a little bit better. That's because Dunkin’ Donuts has announced plans to offer gluten-free donuts and muffins in all its US stores by the end of the 2013.


    Autoimmune Diseases on the Rise


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    Rates of autoimmune disease are rising, and not just in the United States, with diseases like type 1 diabetes, celiac disease and lupus being diagnosed in increasingly higher numbers.


    The Celiac Disease Confusion


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    Clearing up meaning and naming differences between non-celiac and/or celiac gluten sensitivity.



    There should be a gluten-free standard by now, but there is not. In 2004, Congress passed a law requiring the Food and Drug Administration to define the phrase 'gluten-free' by 2008. That deadline passed with the FDA providing no such definition, and we still have no official ruling today, in 2011.

    Receiving a celiac disease diagnosis or being told you need to be on a gluten-free diet can be an overwhelming experience, and it is certainly not for the faint of heart. Most people get frustrated with the transition, and many don't know where to begin.


    Celiac Disease Head to Toe

    In its ability to affect virtually any part of the body, gluten intolerance in the form of celiac disease is a major driver of health care delivery and associated costs. This short article covers the body's potential responses to gluten from head to toe, literally.

    A proactive guide to improving overall gut health. I would hate to add up all the hundreds of dollars I have wasted trying to get healthy.  Now, however, I get healthy by focusing on one thing:  making my intestines healthy.  If my intestines are healthy, I can absorb food.  If I can absorb food, my body will be receiving the nutrition it needs to function, and thus I will be healthy.

    Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have long been seen as a gut disease. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a variety of erroneous medical perceptions, leading to limited and distorted perspectives on the impact of gluten on human health. After a battle of more than 50 years, celiac disease is now widely recognized both in and out of the medical profession, as common and treatable only with a gluten-free diet.

    The Gluten Syndrome refers to the cluster of symptoms that you experience if you react to gluten.  Gluten can affect your gut, your skin, and your brain.  It applies to any reaction that is caused by gluten.  It includes celiac disease, along with the myriad symptoms that can be experienced throughout your gastro-intestinal tract in response to gluten.  It also includes many other symptoms that do not stem from your gut.  These include brain and behavior disorders, irritability and tiredness, skin problems, muscular aches and pains and joint problems.

    Celiac Disease Genetics

    Are you confused about genetic testing for celiac disease? Do you want to know what tests you should request and which laboratory to use?  Have you already had celiac DQ genetic testing but are not sure what the results mean or what your risk is of developing celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? These are the questions I will answer in the next few pages.

    Celiac disease genetic testing is available. Testing can be done on blood or mouth swab samples. Testing may or may not be paid for by your health insurance but can be quite helpful. However, there are pitfalls in the testing and reporting. Learn more. Here are ten facts need to know about Celiac disease genetic testing.

    This article appeared in the Spring 2007 edition of Celiac.coms Scott-Free Newsletter. Celiac.c

    Celiac Disease Statistics

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    Celiac Disease Practice Guidelines

    Celiac.com 02/27/2007 - Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune enteropathy caused by an advers

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