Check out this People's Pharmacy article in the Tuscaloosa News about how a gluten-free diet can help treat migraine headaches. The article looks at a 63-year-old woman who stopped eating gluten and like magic, her headaches disappeared.
New research from the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science finds that children with celiac disease need to include certain vitamins in their diet in order to maintain healthy bones and prevent development of osteoporosis.
For the study, researchers evaluated 43 children and teenagers with celiac disease ranging in age from three to 18 years old. They found that many of the children had low bone density and attributed the prognosis to poor absorption of vitamins and minerals. For many of the children, the levels were less than 50 percent of the recommended levels of vitamins K and D.
The researchers suggest the children should be boosting intake of vitamins K and D, as well as getting extra exposure to sunlight, which can raise vitamin D levels as well. Additionally, the research team suggests that children increase physical activity in order to build stronger bones.
Check out this great overview in the Monterey Herald about the link between celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. It's a great article that outlines the basic differences in the two autoimmune diseases and how they are connected.
One very interesting statistic the article points out is that current data shows that between 7 percent and 12 percent of people with type 1 diabetes also have celiac disease, begging the question if gluten is the trigger to many autoimmune conditions.
A new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine finds that there are three fragments in the gluten protein that trigger celiac disease.
For the study, researchers from The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Victoria, Australia evaluated 244 people with celiac disease residing in Australia and Britain. The patients participating in the study ate gluten-containing foods for three days while the researchers looked at how the immune system cells responded.
Despite the gluten protein containing more than 16,000 components, the researchers found that only three were involved with the celiac disease response.
Lead Researcher Dr. Robert Anderson says that the findings could help scientists find a more targeted treatment for celiac disease other than just a lifelong gluten-free diet.
Since their discovery, Dr. Anderson and his colleagues have begun developing an injectable drug that contains small portions of each of the three fragments. The researchers hope that exposing the immune system to small doses of the fragments could help people with celiac adjust to eating them regularly.
Check out the fantastic article in the Vancouver Sun about major changes Health Canada is considering to the labeling of gluten-free food products.
Current law states that food products can only be considered and labeled gluten-free if it contains no wheat, rye, barley or oats. However, a 2007 review of scientific literature found that people with celiac disease can safely consume a "moderate amount of pure oats," meaning oats that are free of cross-contamination from gluten-containing bi-products. The results of the review led to the current move to update the law.
Check out this great article from the Winona Post about a man who was a prominent mill worker and for years worked with wheat flour...little did he know, it was the flour and breads he worked, smelled and touched daily that caused him years of debilitating migraine headaches. And it wasn't just him. His daughter was also constantly ill with weakness in her muscles and joints that was so bad she could hardly walk. Little did they know, it was the flour on her father's clothes and the delicious free breads he brought home daily that were aggrevating the autoimmune condition they both had; celiac disease.
A new series of report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that although the number of Americans who receive the recommended screenings for breast and colon cancer has continued to grow, millions are still forgoing the tests that could save thousands of lives.
According to the new report titled Vital Signs, roughly 32,000 lives could have been saved if every adult over age 50 had been screened regularly for colorectal cancer. The report notes that Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Living a gluten-free lifestyle can often be a frustrating and difficult experience. That's why we've called upon Gluten-Free Expert Ellen Bayens to weigh in on some of your most pressing questions. Ellen is the brains behind The Celiac Scene, a website dedicated to listing celiac-endorsed restaurants in North America..and today there are thousands of listings of all of the safe places for people on a gluten-free diet to eat delicious meals.
Enjoy this wonderful insight and if you think of more questions, submit
them anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the questions you see
answered below were submitted by readers just like you!
Question 1:I was just diagnosed with celiac disease and my
doctor gave me a 1-page sheet explaining the gluten-free diet. It looks like
gibberish. Now what? Where can i find out how to actually live like a human
being and not a recluse spider?
Answer from Ellen:This
is a question that really speaks to the heart of why I created The Celiac Scene™,
empowering individuals new to the diet or new to town with good information
from within the celiac community (see email following this one for more info). First
page sheet on the gluten-free diet is the veritable "tip of the
iceberg" that celiacs always hear about. There is so much more to being a
celiac than just a change in what you eat. It affects every aspect of your life
from the soaps and shampoos you use; how you manage your meals in a home
with others who can eat gluten; how you make your needs known to family and
friends and finally, how you can still enjoy connecting with others in ways
most people take for granted - over a safe and delicious meal in a restaurant.
most important thing a newly diagnosed must do is "Get Thee to a Support
Group!" No one understands the challenges celiacs face better than those
who have stood in their shoes. They are living proof that not only can one
survive, it is possible to thrive!
groups offer help in ways that are needed. From short term help - What
can I have for breakfast? To long term guidance - How to advocate for proper
follow-up care with your GP? And everything in-between! Support groups keep
celiacs current on the latest research and work hard to represent our interests
in the food industry and health care. Most
important of all, support organizations offer hope and proof that a diagnosis
of CD can be embraced with optimism. In doing so, we have the opportunity
to learn that we can triumph over adversity, whether it be Celiac disease or
any one of the obstacles that life might throw our way.
Question 2:I was at a restaurant a few weeks ago where the
chef insisted I couldn't eat the risotto because of chicken stock. Why would
chicken stock be a problem? How do they get wheat into it if it's a liquid?
Answer from Ellen:
Busy restaurants often turn to seasonings
that contain gluten as a way to add the flavour that would take hours to
achieve through traditional cooking methods. In risotto, rather than allow the
starch from the rice to act as a natural thickener to the broth that is added,
chefs add gluten as way to speed up and control the thickening process.
Are you constantly trying to educate people about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet? If the answer is YES, we want to hear from you!
All of us at 2G Pharma believe that raising awareness of celiac disease is tremendously important. And, we want to celebrate our readers who work everyday to educate their communities about the disease and the gluten-free diet. If you or someone you know is a Celiac Awareness Hero, send us the story at email@example.com and then check back often to see them featured on our blog.
You never know when talking about celiac disease could spark someone to get tested, so no matter where you are--in an elevator, on a bus or airplane, start talking about the disease. Who knows, you could change someone's life.