November 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
• Pale Mouth Sores
• 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
• Soy Flour
To learn more about this disease, visit http://www.celiaccentral.org.