Celiac Disease Awareness Month
What is Celiac Disease? May is dedicated to answering such questions, as May 2016 is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Beyond Celiac was founded by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness as the first patient advocate group dedicated to gaining access for those affected with this disease with the only treatment thus for: gluten-free food.
This month, Beyond Celiac is asking people to take 60 seconds to learn more about the disease through their awareness campaign #60forceliac. Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease, despite popular belief that it perpetuates a new gluten-free fad diet. It is triggered by consuming the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and Rye. When this is ingested by those with this disease, it damages the villi of the small intestine, which prevents the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream. This leads to malnourishment. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or 1% of the population, have celiac disease. About 83% of those who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
Food allergies and diseases associated with the consumption of a particular food or protein are just as unique a need. Parents can request a Section 504 meeting with teachers to discuss how this will affect the living and functioning of the child in a school environment.
To learn more about Celiac Disease and how you can learn if your or a family member has this disease, visit: http://www.beyondceliac.org/ or any of their social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google plus, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest) using #60forceliac.