May is Celiac Awareness Month
It’s estimated that Celiac Disease affects over 3 million people in the United States alone. Unfortunately, 85% of those people are undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed with other medical conditions. To help change this statistic, we’re taking this opportunity during Celiac Awareness Month to help spread the word about Celiac symptoms, treatments, and some helpful resources that will answer any other questions you may have.
One of the reasons that Celiac Disease can be so difficult to diagnose is the fact that there are more than 300 symptoms that often mimic those of other diseases. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed here you may want to ask your doctor for a celiac blood test. Certain other risk factors, such as having a family member with Celiac Disease, also warrant a test.
Currently, the only treatment for Celiac Disease is a gluten-free diet. Luckily today there are numerous gluten-free items available, so following a gluten-free diet is no longer daunting but actually quite delicious! To help you get started, try these gluten-free recipes from Udi’s. In addition, there are gluten-free communities that offer support, information and helpful gluten-free living tips.
Looking for additional resources?
We understand that it can be quite overwhelming when you’re newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have recently entered the gluten-free world for other reasons. Here are a few resources that may help answer any additional questions you may have:
- National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
- Mayo Clinic – Celiac Disease
- Udi’s Gluten-Free Community
- Celiac Support Association
- Celiac Disease Foundation
- The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
How will you help spread Celiac Awareness this month?