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Think You Might Have Celiac Disease?
May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. People with celiac disease react to foods made from and containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Symptoms vary from person to person, but might include: abdominal cramps, bloating, appetite loss, chronic diarrhea or constipation, fatigue, vomiting, and weight loss.
The only treatment for celiac disease is cutting out foods containing gluten. Here are some tips for those with celiac disease:
- Check labels and choose gluten-free grain products that are folate- and iron-fortified.
- Try naturally gluten-free whole grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, corn, flax, millet, teff and quinoa.
- Learn about ingredients and how to read an ingredient list on a food label. For example, flavored chips might be dusted with an ingredient made with wheat.
- Read restaurant menus carefully and ask questions. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free menu items.
Please keep in mind, only those who have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance should adhere to a gluten-free diet. If you think you have celiac disease, visit your health care provider for a medical review of your symptoms. If celiac disease is confirmed, a registered dietitian can help you understand which foods are safe to eat and which to avoid. Take a look at our Celiac Disease section for more information.
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