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Celiac Awareness Month: Understanding the Science of the Condition

May 10, 2024

Blog / Celiac Awareness Month: Understanding the Science of the Condition

May has arrived, and guess what that means? It’s Celiac Awareness Month! Let’s shine a light on this condition that impacts millions globally. Whether you’re curious about celiac disease or just want to expand your knowledge, you’ve found yourself in the right place.

Celiac Awareness Month

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. When people with celiac disease eat gluten, their immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the small intestine, leading to inflammation and damage. This damage can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food, resulting in a range of symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and fatigue. While the exact cause of celiac disease remains unknown, genetics and environmental factors are believed to play a role.

Detection and Adjustments

Diagnosing celiac disease typically involves a combination of blood tests and biopsies. Blood tests can detect the presence of certain antibodies that are elevated in individuals with celiac disease, while biopsies of the small intestine can reveal changes associated with the condition. Once diagnosed, the primary treatment for celiac disease is adhering to a strict gluten-free diet. This means avoiding all foods containing gluten, including bread, pasta, cereals, and processed foods.

Navigating a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Living gluten-free may seem like a daunting task at first, but with a bit of knowledge and creativity, it can become second nature. When dining out, it’s important to communicate your dietary needs to restaurant staff and ask about their gluten-free options. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free menus or are willing to accommodate special requests! When grocery shopping, be sure to read labels carefully and look for gluten-free symbols to ensure that products are safe to consume (just like the ones OGGI’s products have!) Fortunately, there is a growing variety of gluten-free products available, from quinoa and rice flour to cauliflower pizza crusts and chickpea pasta.

So there you have it – a brief glimpse into the world of celiac disease. As we enter Celiac Awareness Month, let’s take a moment to learn more about this important and common condition. Together, we can raise awareness, promote understanding, and ultimately improve the lives of those living with the disease.

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