The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is holding its annual free blood screening for celiac disease on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Celiac is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. A gluten-free diet is the only treatment.
But most people with celiac don’t know it, and a child will visit an average of eight pediatricians before getting diagnosed, according to the U of C. If undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and, in rare cases, cancer.
The free screening also includes a panel discussion, led by Dr. Stefano Guandalini, founder and medical director of the Celiac Disease Center.
In additional to Guandalini, the panel will include international experts and specially trained dietitians.
WHERE TO GO: The University of Chicago Medical Center-Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, 5758 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago. The screening is on the fourth floor.