Friday, May 1, 2015

It's Celiac Awareness Month

It's May 1 and you know what that means -- it's Celiac Awareness Month!

This is the time of year we try, try again to explain to people that we eat gluten free because we have to, not because of some misguided notion that gluten-free food is healthier for everyone.

If you haven't seen this already, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is using the month to launch a campaign called Seriously, Celiac Disease to encourage everyone with celiac to encourage family members to get tested for celiac.

Remember, celiac is a genetic condition so if you have it, someone related to you has the gene also. So all of your family members could be at risk for having celiac, even if they don't have any obvious symptoms (like me when I was diagnosed).

Undiagnosed celiac disease can lead to more serious problems later in life, including various forms of cancer. So it is important to get the diagnosis.

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