Are you looking for celiac disease information? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Celiac disease is a life-changing disease that afflicts 1 in 100 people worldwide and 1 in 133 people in the U.S. (3 million people) according to Beyond Celiac. I’m included in that number.
So in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month (May), I’ve put together this blog post to point you to all the information you need to know if you’re new to celiac disease or simply want to learn more information about celiac disease to better understand someone you love.
Celiac Disease Information and Facts
- Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease where the body cannot properly digest gluten. Gluten creates all sorts of inflammation throughout the body.
- According to Beyond Celiac, 2.5 million people have celiac disease but don’t even know it!
- If you have a first degree relative with celiac disease, you have a 1 in 10 chance of developing celiac disease in your lifetime.
- Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test by your regular doctor. You must be eating gluten in order for the test to be accurate.
- The only treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet.
- If left untreated, those with celiac disease can face serious health consequences such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, anemia and cancer.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease which affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. You can read more about celiac disease in the following article:
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Are you wondering if you might have celiac disease? You might! Celiac disease can rear its ugly head in more than 200 ways. Read the following articles to learn more about the symptoms of celiac disease:
Getting Diagnosed with Celiac Disease
Many celiacs tell me getting diagnosed with celiac disease is quite the process! Read the following article to get a better understanding of the process of getting “officially” diagnosed with celiac disease:
Healing From Celiac Disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, then you need to do more than just switch to a gluten-free diet if you want to feel better. When you take the gluten out, you take out the irritant, but you’ve done little to tend to the wound. It took me years to figure out how to heal my gut and body from the devastating effects of celiac disease. Here are some articles that discuss my journey to heal from celiac disease:
If you’re going gluten-free, you’ll benefit from my beginner’s guide to being gluten-free, as well as tips to setting up your gluten-free kitchen and what products to avoid! This guide is loaded with celiac disease information and gluten-free information to get you started on your gluten-free journey.
Gluten-Free Product Recommendations
I have spent a lot of time curating gluten-free products that I’ve tried and approve. Please visit my list of recommended products on this page:
Additional Reading about Celiac Disease
As we “celebrate” Celiac Disease Awareness Month this month, remember that not everyone following a gluten-free diet is doing it to lose weight or because it sounds like a good thing to do.
Rather, most people on a gluten-free diet are doing it because they have celiac disease or they feel better removing this impossibly hard-to-digest protein from their diet. What’s important is that you don’t judge someone for choosing to be gluten-free, because, in all likelihood, they are choosing to be healthy. And, well, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy….