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Did you Know – Who Has Celiac Disease?

Who has celiac disease? While you cannot tell just by looking at a person, there are some common issues that can point doctors in the direction of celiac disease. Here is a list of 8 things that make a person more likely to have celiac disease.

  1. Celiac disease is the most common genetic autoimmune disease in the world. Celiac disease runs in families. First degree relatives are found to have celiac disease 4% to 12%. Second degree relatives also appear to have a higher prevalence.

  1. 100% of people with dermatitis herpetiformis, an intensely itchy chronic skin condition, have celiac disease. Dermatitis herpetiformis is the skin expression of celiac disease. It is an intensely itchy rash that sometime occurs symmetrically on the arms and legs, but may present anywhere.

  1. 1 in 5 people with collagenous colitis have celiac disease. 20% of people with collagenous colitis have celiac disease. Collagenous colitis is inflammation in the lining of the colon. It can only be seen under a microscope. Everyone diagnosed with collagenous colitis should be tested for celiac disease.

  1. Up to 8% of people with Type 1 diabetes have celiac disease. People with diabetes and celiac disease have been found to have similarities in their genes with seven common alleles. Everyone diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes should be tested for celiac disease.

  1. One in ten people with Downs syndrome have celiac disease. Celiac disease affects 10% of persons with Downs syndrome. Proper diagnosis and treatment with a gluten-free diet has been found to improve symptoms and quality of life. Everyone diagnosed with Downs syndrome should be tested for celiac disease.

  1. Almost 7% of persons with cardiomyopathy have celiac disease. Cardiomyopathy is an enlargement of heart chambers and subsequent reduction in their ability to pump blood. Cardiomyopathy responds to a gluten-free diet, possibly because nutrients like carnatine are better absorbed. Everyone diagnosed with cardiomyopathy should be tested for celiac disease.

  1. Until recently, celiac disease was thought to be a rare disease affecting less than 1 in 5,000 children. It is now know to affect 1 in 100 persons and can present symptoms at any stage during life. That means it affects children and adults.

  1. Multi Generation Family Sitting On Garden Seat

    Celiac disease is a permanent condition but was previously thought to be temporary affliction that children could “grow out of.” Once the immune system has been triggered, it forever identifies gluten as a poison or foreign body within the system. That means it will always attack when gluten is eaten. This attack causes inflammation, intestinal damage, and malabsorption of nutrients.

Four Delicious Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes

Craving something yummy? Try these four gluten-free cookie recipes this weekend!

Gluten-free and Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

These gingersnaps are full of flavor.

They’re chewy, moist, and have a crackly top, as any gingersnap should.

If you don’t like your gingersnaps chewy, no worries, just bake them a bit longer and they’ll crisp up perfectly!

Dreamy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls Recipe

Gosh, those cookies were good. Rrr… I mean it was a great bonding experience.

It seemed like Auntie Lesley always had a fresh batch in the jar just waiting for my sister and me. They were doughy, and melty, and buttery…

When my Mom would ask my sister and me why we liked Auntie Lesley’s cookies over her own, we’d always say “but Mom, they’re not cookies. They’re pie crust balls with chocolate chips. They cannot be compared!”

Gluten Free Recipe: Yabba Dabba Do Cookies!

I followed the advice of one of my readers, Kristi, and made the crispy treats using Fruity Pebbles

(I’ve also made them with the cocoa pebbles and both are awesome!).

Before making these I called Post to double-check that these two cereals were in fact gluten-free and was assured that they were gluten-free.

Try them today. You’ll love them!

Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies 

These light (and no, not in the fat content sense), buttery, sweet little wafers will melt in your mouth.

Plus, shortbread is perfect for making gluten free because it’s supposed to be a little crumbly.

I don’t even bother making wheat shortbread cookies anymore because everyone likes these just as much, if not more.

In the mood for something different?

Head over to our Recipes section and check out all the Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes!

10 Quick Facts About Celiac Disease to Pass On

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Here are 10 quick facts you can pass along to your friends and family to help increase awareness.

  1. Celiac Disease is not an allergy. It is an autoimmune disorder triggered by eating gluten in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
  2. You cannot “grow out” of celiac disease. It is a lifelong condition.
  3. The most common “look” of celiac disease is…totally normal. Not fat. Not skinny.
  4. Celiac Disease is the most commonly “missed” diagnosis in medicine. Over 85% of people with celiac disease go undiagnosed.
  5. Celiac Disease damage is cumulative. The longer it goes on, the worse symptoms and associated conditions become.
  6. Celiac Disease is real. It has existed for thousands of years, but has grown in prevalence. Tests have only recently been developed to detect it.
  7. Undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease costs billions of dollars each year in treatment for symptoms and complications as well as lost productivity.
  8. Celiac Disease is COMMON, affecting an estimated 1 in 100 persons. That said, it was thought the prevalence was 1 in 5,000 less than 10 years ago and 1 in 15,000 before that. The true prevalence may be higher.
  9. Celiac Disease symptoms can present at any age. 9 months. 9 years. 90 years. Often, symptoms present early, but are not recognized.
  10. Celiac Disease tests are not pass/fail and not foolproof. Tests should be administered again if symptoms persist because a “negative” can become a positive at a later date.

New Gluten-Free Classifieds Site Helps Consumers Find Products

Have you ever wanted to talk to your favorite gluten-free companies?

Now you can.

Gluten Free Works Inc., the publisher of Glutenfreeworks.com is adding hundreds of gluten-free companies to its newly redesigned classifieds website, Glutenfreeclassifieds.com.

Glutenfreeclassifieds.com is an online directory that helps gluten-free consumers find new products. Explore your gluten-free world, find new companies, rate products and interact with your favorite brands.

Visitors can review the listings to learn about the products and the companies that make them. They can rate companies and products, leave feedback to help others, send the listing owners private messages and save their favorites in their own accounts so they can find them again in the future.

Soon companies will be able to sell their products through Glutenfreeclassifieds.com. The site will also allow people to book restaurant reservations.

Signing up on Glutenfreeclassifieds.com is free.

 

 

May Is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. 3 Helpful Resources To Share

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month in the United States. We will be bringing you facts and information all month to help you spread the word!

Here are 3 to start you off!

  1. Celiac Disease Is Not an Allergy and You Cannot Grow Out of It. Celiac disease is a genetic immune-mediated health disorder that stems from an intolerance to dietary gluten and affects an astounding 1 in 100 people worldwide. What does that mean??? It means celiac disease runs in families and causes the immune system to go into attack mode, and is all caused by eating certain grains. It affects at least one person you know, but this person may not know it. This section  Read More »

Enjoying Lattes at Home. Gluten-Free of Course.

So foamy…

I LOVE when I find something new that I can add to my diet. Especially when it is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD.

One of the newest additions is the latte.

My wife, Sally, ordered us a Gourmia milk frother a couple months ago. Her work had gotten one a few weeks before and she RAVED about how great it made their lattes.

The Gourmia Frother is a pitcher looking device that plugs into the wall. It has a spinner at the bottom that furiously whips the milk into a thick, dreamy foam. You can set it to hot or cold foam.

I have to admit I was skeptical at first, but Read More »

Gluten Free Works Health Guide: Discovering and Treating the Underlying Causes of Health Problems.

Have you ever wondered whether your various aches, pains and health issues are related to gluten or past damage from gluten? Headaches, muscle pains, weakness, weight gain, cavities, eye problems, neurological disorders…

Nowadays, it is common to read that gluten can cause hundreds of symptoms.

This wasn’t always the case. At one point, just a handful of symptoms were thought to stem from gluten.

Gluten Free Works changed this. We were the first organization to collect over 300 signs, symptoms, associated disorders and complications from all over the world and publish them in the groundbreaking medical reference, Recognizing Celiac Disease, in 2007.

Chronic inflammation and nutrient deficiencies are the big contributors to health problems related to gluten. But, the complications gluten causes can persist, even once we start a gluten-free diet, unless they are individually treated.

And it seems a true gluten-free diet, where gluten is totally removed from the diet, is not the norm among people who think they are Read More »

King Arthur Flour Recalls Organic Coconut Flour Due to Salmonella Risk

King Arthur Flour is voluntarily recalling 6,300 cases of its Organic Coconut Flour due to the risk of salmonella. You can find the recall notice on the King Arthur Flour website here.

King Arthur Flour Company, Inc. voluntarily recalls Organic Coconut Flour (16 oz.) because of possible health risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 23, 2018-Norwich, VT — King Arthur Flour Company is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity (6,300 cases) of Organic Coconut Flour (16 oz.), after testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in 1 pouch of Organic Coconut Flour (16 oz.).

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into Read More »

Gluten Free Snack Attack! Dried Apricots at Sams Club

Hey there! Welcome to our Gluten Free Snack Attack! Today we are looking at Dried Mediterranean Apricots from Sams Club.

These apricots are amazing! Sweet and moist and chewy, but not tough. They are high in potassium, fiber and vitamin A.

This is a great snack and just $6 for 26 oz. or 18 servings.

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