May is Celiac Awareness Month
May is National Celiac Awareness Month! We've found some helpful information from organizations that are dedicated to education and research that we thought may be helpful to our clients and their families. Celiac disease is a genetic, autoimmune disorder that is triggered by consuming a protein called gluten (which is found in wheat, barley and rye). It can prevent nutrient uptake causing malnourishment and other serious diseases like cancer, thyroid disease, or osteoporosis. Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. If you think you or a loved one may be affected, work with your primary care doctor for more information, there is testing available! The following infographics are free to share (provided by www.beyondceliac.org). Please post them or send them to someone who may be affected by Celiac disease, or to those who may want more information. Remember, our caregivers are not dietitians and can't design a gluten-free diet plan but we can follow strict guidelines and prepare meals that are suitable for many different conditions.