Celiac Disease: the basics<br />Compiled for educational use by <br />April Sherman<br />Email:  aceliac@live.com<br />
What is “Celiac Disease”?<br />A genetic disease in children and adults<br />Reaction to the food protein gluten<br />Body...
http://journals.prous.com/journals/dof/20073209/html/df320823/images/fig01.gif<br />Cross-sections of the villi, which lin...
What are the symptoms?<br />diarrhea<br />weight loss<br />abdominal pain<br />chronic fatigue<br />weakness<br />malnutri...
How is celiac disease diagnosed?<br />Blood tests<br />Check for anti-body levels in the blood<br />Called a “celiac panel...
Gluten-Free Lifestyle<br />All food, cosmetics, bath products, medications must be gluten-free<br />No wheat-based ingredi...
Who has celiac disease?<br />3 million Americans <br />97% un-diagnosed<br />1 in 133 have celiac disease<br />More common...
What if I think I have celiac disease?<br />Talk to your family doctor<br />Identify your symptoms, if any<br />Ask for a ...
Awareness, Education, Support<br />Support friends/relatives with celiac disease<br />Grocery shop with them<br />Eat out ...
THANK YOU!<br />Sources: <br />The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research  http://medschool.umaryland.edu/celia...
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  1. 1. Celiac Disease: the basics<br />Compiled for educational use by <br />April Sherman<br />Email: aceliac@live.com<br />
  2. 2. What is “Celiac Disease”?<br />A genetic disease in children and adults<br />Reaction to the food protein gluten<br />Body attacks itself, auto-immune reaction<br />Destroys the villi, the lining of the small intestine<br />Scars the intestine and causes sickness<br />No cure or medication<br />Only treatment option: completely gluten-free lifestyle.<br />
  3. 3. http://journals.prous.com/journals/dof/20073209/html/df320823/images/fig01.gif<br />Cross-sections of the villi, which line the small intestine.<br />Normal lining of the small bowel, versus the damaged lining.<br />
  4. 4. What are the symptoms?<br />diarrhea<br />weight loss<br />abdominal pain<br />chronic fatigue<br />weakness<br />malnutrition<br />In children<br />failure to thrive<br />irritability<br />diarrhea and bloating<br />osteoporosis<br />arthritis and joint pain<br />anemia <br />infertility <br />frequent miscarriage<br />chronic fatigue syndrome<br />depression<br />behavioral changes<br />
  5. 5. How is celiac disease diagnosed?<br />Blood tests<br />Check for anti-body levels in the blood<br />Called a “celiac panel”<br />Endoscopy and biopsy of the small intestine<br />Final diagnosis based on biopsy before starting a gluten-free diet<br />Can be diagnosed even if there are no symptoms<br />
  6. 6. Gluten-Free Lifestyle<br />All food, cosmetics, bath products, medications must be gluten-free<br />No wheat-based ingredients<br />Not processed around wheat, barley, or rye<br />Contamination causes reaction<br />Even small amounts of gluten in food will affect a celiac<br />Contamination examples<br /> eating a piece of fruit that was served on a plate which previously held bread<br />inhaling and swallowing air-borne wheat flour at a bakery<br />
  7. 7. Who has celiac disease?<br />3 million Americans <br />97% un-diagnosed<br />1 in 133 have celiac disease<br />More common than “Crohn’sdisease, ulceric colitis and cystic fibrosis combined”<br />Commonly mis-diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS<br />Relatives of celiacs are much more likely to have celiac disease!!!<br />
  8. 8. What if I think I have celiac disease?<br />Talk to your family doctor<br />Identify your symptoms, if any<br />Ask for a “celiac panel” blood test<br />Ask if you should see a gastroenterologist<br />Find a dietitian in your area, or ask for a referral<br />You are at higher risk of celiac disease if:<br />A relative has celiac disease <br />Family history of auto-immune disorders<br />Northern European descent, Caucasian<br />
  9. 9. Awareness, Education, Support<br />Support friends/relatives with celiac disease<br />Grocery shop with them<br />Eat out and order gluten-free <br />Ask about their experiences<br />Educate yourself & friends<br />Share educational brochures and websites<br />Attend lectures and meetings about celiac disease<br />Help support celiac disease research<br />Participate in fundraising events<br />Donate to celiac research foundations<br />
  10. 10. THANK YOU!<br />Sources: <br />The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research http://medschool.umaryland.edu/celiac/faq.asp<br />The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Fact Sheet http://www.celiacdisease.net/assets/pdf/CDCFactSheets%20FactsFigures%20v3.pdf<br />Contact: aceliac@live.com<br />
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