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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. Thank you so much to everyone who has responded so far! And to answer celiac3270's question, No, I am not celiac. However, most of my boyfriend's family is and I have seen how they have suffered from it for the past 4 years. I did a lot of contemplating before deciding what to focus my project on and chose this because most people don't know much, if anything, about it yet so there really isn't much out there for individuals who are celiac. My ultimate goal is to increase celiac awareness as well as improve the everyday lives of those who suffer from it, if only to make them more comfortable dining out.
  2. Hello, I am a sophomore in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developing a product that aims to enhance the lives of individuals on gluten-free diets under the instruction of Assistant Professor Deana McDonagh and Ben Grosser, director of the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. Below is a survey I am conducting for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance to help me research and figure out how the gluten-free lifestyle can be improved in terms of dining out. Any questions you would be willing to answer would be of significant help to my research and product development. Also, anyone who may feel uncomfortable posting their answers may instead e-mail me at gabel@uiuc.edu. Thank you all for taking the time to assist me in my research and I will continue to keep you posted on the status of the project as it progresses. Questions: 1. sex: 2. age: 3. ethnic group: 4. age at which you were diagnosed: 5. How did you feel when you were diagnosed? 6. Did you have health problems in childhood? 7. How well do you maintain a gluten-free diet? __ I absolutely never eat gluten __ I very rarely eat gluten that I know of __ I try not to eat gluten but I sometimes cheat or don't know __ I don't maintain a gluten-free diet as well as I should __ I don't maintain a gluten-free diet at all 8. What are some of the main difficulties you face in maintaining a gluten-free diet? __ Price of gluten-free food __ Availability of gluten-free food __ Taste of gluten-free food __ Preparation of gluten-free food __ Public awareness of gluten intolerance/celiac disease __ Knowing and understanding what foods you can and cannot eat __ Reading and memorizing labeling on foods __ Dining out __ Traveling __ Other: 9. What type of symptoms do you face when gluten is ingested? __ nausea/vomiting __ diarrhoea __ mouth ulcers __ stomach pains __ fatigue/tiredness __ other(s) : 10. How comfortable are you eating in restaurants or public situations? __ Very comfortable: I have no problem at all __ Comfortable: It's not too much of a problem or embarassment for me __ Slightly uncomfortable: I sometimes feel it a hassle or embarassing to ask about or identify gluten-free food __ Uncomfortable: I often feel it a hassle or embarassing to ask about or identify gluten-free food __ Very uncomfortable: I avoid dining in public situations if at all possible 11. If you ever do feel uncomfortable, where and why exactly does this usually happen? 12. How do you deal with situations in which you must dine out? __ Don't eat __ Only eat what you know or can assume is gluten free __ Eat what they have out of politeness, even if it may contain gluten __ Ask for a gluten free dish __ Other : 13. In most restaurants, do you find that waiters/waitresses/managers/cooks are aware and accomodating to gluten free requests? 14. If a device were available that allowed you to test you food for gluten in public situations, would you use it? 15. What are some features it would need or you would like it to have? (for example: size, accuracy, speed, etc.) 16. What aspects might make you refrain from using it? 17. About how much would you be willing to spend on a device like this? 18. Would you be willing to participate in later product testing and further interviewing as this project develops? Thank you once again! Any further questions or comments may be posted or e-mailed to gabel@uiuc.edu.