Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease affecting as many as 1 in every 133 people – unfortunately, only a small percentage of the people affected are actually diagnosed. Researchers are working hard on trying to determine the cause of the disease and the links between other conditions that seem to be related – and to stop, treat, and cure these conditions. Through our annual fundraising events, our group helps to raise money to support research on Celiac disease. We hope that you can join us for our next event!
Celiac and Gluten-sensitivities
People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein contained in wheat, rye, and barley, and other grains. Eating even minute quantities of gluten damages the small intestine interferring with absorption of nutrients. It may lead to a variety of other illnesses.
Those who do not have celiac disease, but have allergic responses to wheat and gluten are rapidly growing in number. Additionally – many people with other autoimmune disease report greatly improved symptoms when they adhere to a gluten-free diet.
There is currently no cure, but symptoms can be controlled by adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. Gluten is found mainly in food and beverages but may also be found in everyday products such as cosmetics, nutritional supplements, medications, vitamins, etc.
For more information please visit our Resources page for access to reputable resources about Celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, and tips on how to manage a gluten-free diet.