New information from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association suggests that 75% of people diagnosed with celiac disease are women, putting them at a great risk for experiencing complications related to the reproductive system.
Specifically, the organization notes that during menstruation, pregnancy, or when taking contraceptives that contain hormones such as oral contraceptives, auto-immune diseases can fluctuate and cause a larger inflammatory response in women than in men.
The sex hormone commonly low in women is DHEA and is known to have anti-inflammatory effects.
Right now researchers are trying to deduce whether a DHEA deficiency are a true contributor in auto-immune diseases.
It is so exciting that ballparks are recognizing the need for gluten-free food at major sporting events!
Check out these pictures from celiac awareness night at the Mariners game on Friday night. There were gluten-free hot dogs, sandwiches, soups, and snacks, and it could all be washed down with gluten-free beer!
Let's hope to see this spread to all ball parks across America.
This is great news! The famous sandwich chain Subway has decided to expand its test of gluten-free product options!
The testing began in Dallas, has since expanded onto menus in Portland, and Subway plans to spread the gluten-free test to other branches within the next month.
Subway plans on being very meticulous about the operation to make sure there is no chance of cross contamination and to be able to deliver the products to gluten-free consumers in the right way. This means wiping down counter space each time a gluten-free product is ordered and employees will be required to wash their hands and change gloves to prevent the spread of gloves.
Check out this new news on the incidence of celiac disease! A recent study suggests that celiac disease is nearly five times more common today than in the 1950s. Wow! And, another report finds that the rate of celiac disease diagnosis has doubled every 15 years since 1974.
Check out this great article from HealthDay to see what reseracheres at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center have to say about it!
There's a lot of confusion floating around about the proposal from the U.S. FDA regarding gluten-free food lableing.
To help explain how the FDA came to the proposed standard, Dr. Stefano Guandalini, Medical Director of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, took a few moments to write up an explanation of the research and why it's sound.
All over the world people are struggling with eating gluten-free on a budget. Check out this story all the way from Israel where the 25,000 people with celiac disease are struggling to find products that are safe, healthy, and affordable.
In fact, people pay say they pay up to 225% more for gluten-free products than for regular items!!
People with dairy allergies also struggle and pay up to 72% more for soy or lactose free products. In recent years, several bills have been submitted to reduce the cost of purchasing gluten-free food products, by instilling price controls,but so far, none have passed.