Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What if . . . your favorite sandwich is making you sick?


This is Celiac Awareness Month so I thought we would take a look at gluten intolerance and how to recognize it.

Gluten, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, means:
: a tenacious elastic protein substance especially of wheat flour that gives cohesiveness to dough.
It is derived from the Latin word for glue.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten.

Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans, yet 95% of sufferers don't know they have it.

Some of the most common symptoms of celiac disease include:
Bloating or Gas
Diarrhea
Constipation
Fatigue
Itchy Skin Rash
Tingling/Numbness
Pale Mouth Sores
Joint Pain
Delayed Growth
Poor Weight Gain
Thin Bones
Infertility
Headaches
Depression
Irritability
Discolored Teeth

Celiac Disease Related Diseases:
Autism
Infertility
Migraine
Thyroid Disease
Depression
Intestinal Cancer
Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
Turner Syndrome
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Peripheral Neuropathy
Type 1 Diabetes
Down Syndrome
Liver Disease
Sjogren's Disease
Williams Syndrome

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For more information check out Celiac Central at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

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