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I'm writing on behalf of a family friend. She is 89 years old and has had Celiac Shrue for many years. While she has been careful to maintain a gluten free diet for years; with her advancing age she is having trouble maintaining her weight. Not being computer savy she has asked if I could find any information (particularly any new information) on this disorder and maintaining weight or diet advice. A higher calorie diet that would be tolerated by a celiac patient (and an older lady) would be most welcome. I should note that she has had excellent medical care and seems to have no other known complicating factors, beyond her age. This woman is a dear friend to the the family, and a strong old gal; I would be thankful for any information, suggestions, links to articles, etc. that anyone could provide. Thanks in advance for any information.

CH

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It would be helpful to know what her diet consists of now, so we don't suggest too many things that she is already eating.

Is she mainly just needing help with eating more calories, and a wider variety of foods? Or does she think she might be getting some gluten in her diet accidentally and needing help to find the source?

I am glad that she is maintaining her health and that she has good medical care. If she is loosing weight then she must not be eating enough.

God bless,

Mariann

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Since she was diagnosed years ago, she may be over-restricting her diet. There are some ingredients that celiacs can use that were once restricted - vinegar for instance. Here are a few links to current diet information.

http://www.naspghan.org/assets/diseaseInfo...DietGuide-E.pdf

http://www.gluten.net/diet.html

http://www.csaceliacs.org/gluten_choices.php

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I agree that it'd be helpful to know what she's eating now. If the main problem is not getting enough calories because she's not hungry or fills up fast, then she'll want to go with foods that don't cause her to fill up fast and are very calorie dense. Many store-bought gluten-free bread items are this way, because they may have a lot of fat, but I've found they also leave me VERY full for a while - especially if I'm drinking enough water with them to not get dehydrated - so it may work, but you'll want to be careful what items you go for. (The Kinnickinnick stuff I've tried isn't as "keep you full for half a day" as the Enjoy Life stuff I've had, for instance, and still has plenty of calories, so I'd second taking a look at the link for them that was already provided.)

Other things to go with are good sources of fat - like avocado, coconut, nuts, and oils. Eating frequently throughout the day can help too, as can getting low-intensity exercise. (For instance, if she's up to a fair amount of walking, doing that quite a bit in the day - slow walking, strolling, really - it can help stimulate the appetite. Though, again, it's important to see how it works for her.)

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Hello,

    I'm writing on behalf of a family friend. She is 89 years old and has had Celiac Shrue for many years. While she has been careful to maintain a gluten free diet for years; with her advancing age she is having trouble maintaining her weight. Not being computer savy she has asked if I could find any information (particularly any new information) on this disorder and maintaining weight or diet advice. A higher calorie diet that would be tolerated by a celiac patient (and an older lady) would be most welcome. I should note that she has had excellent medical care and seems to have no other known complicating factors, beyond her age. This woman is a dear friend to the the family, and a strong old gal; I would be thankful for any information, suggestions, links to articles, etc. that anyone could provide. Thanks in advance for any information.

            CH

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Does she have a dr that specializes in geriatrics? Has she been tested for diabetes? Weight loss is a symptom of that too, and at her age it could be a possibility. I'd like for her to be able to rule out other factors before focusing just on the Celiac aspect.

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