Celiac disease is a hereditary allergy to gluten. In its worst forms it can be crippling. But more and more doctors are becoming aware of this disease and making proper diagnosis of it in their patients. Until only a few years ago, the symptoms frequently went undiagnosed. Once the disease is identified, steps can be taken to control it.
One of the best resources for celiac sufferers is the Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign. Here is the description from their Web site:
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. An estimated 1 percent of all Americans suffer from celiac disease, though many have never been diagnosed and are not receiving treatment.
The Awareness Campaign provides current, comprehensive, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy.
Through the Awareness Campaign, you can access
- news about celiac disease education and research
- educational materials and resources
- feature stories relevant to people with celiac disease
- practice guidelines on the diagnosis and management of celiac disease
- examples of a gluten-free diet
- professional and voluntary organizations devoted to celiac disease awareness
- updates of campaign activities