Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is quite common. According to a recent study, one in 133 Americans with no symptoms or risk factors is likely to be afflicted, and among those who have a blood relative with this disease, the incidence is as great as 1 in 22. In people with celiac disease, eating foods like wheat, barley, and rye, which contain gluten and related proteins, sets off a chain reaction that causes the immune system to attack the cells of the small intestine. Because it interferes with absorption and robs the body of nutrients, the classic symptoms of celiac disease are chronic diarrhea, bloating and weight loss. Untreated disease can also cause joint pain, fatigue, weakness, depression, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, infertility and other disorders. Fortunately, celiac disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, and following a gluten-free diet usually restores the health of the small intestine and improves nutritional status and well-being.
That’s why we’re here….to help YOU have a better way of life without feeling overwhelmed. Celiac Disease is completely controllable with a few dietary adjustments. So take the next step to getting better and letting us help you! If you would like to join, download the APPLICATION FORM and send it to us with your payment or bring it to the next meeting. Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon!
For information on our group or to better understand Celiac Disease, please contact Phyllis Kessler @ 561-637-0396.