Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This week I did some research on the differences between gluten free and gluten containing foods. Many people are going gluten free as the latest fad diet. The March 2015 Self magazine featured an article on the gluten free craze. For the people that are sensitive to gluten, have celiac, or are on a gluten free diet for autoimmune conditions gluten free is necessary. For the rest of the population gluten free is not the best option for weight loss or for your health. It typically has more sugar, carbs, and fats. In addition, it is not fortified with nutrients that we need. Many breads, pastas, cereals, and even junk food are fortified with B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and calcium. These are necessary nutrients to our diets. These vitamins and minerals are found to be deficient in people on a gluten free diet. Many studies have shown that people with Celiac and others on gluten free diets need to take supplements. The problem with undiagnosed Celiac is the damage has already occurred to the small intestine and makes absorption of these vital nutrients impossible until healing has occurred. People that think they have celiac should an tested before going on a gluten free diet.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Since this is my first blog post for the month of March, which is autoimmune awareness month, I decided to mention all autoimmune diseases and how they are all so easily misdiagnosed and still unknown to many doctors. Celiac is one of the easier ones, not that it isn't awful, but the damage heals on just a gluten free diet, no steroids or IVIG necessary. However many autoimmune diseases are far worse, some can leave you in a wheelchair, unable to do things you used to be able to, or doubled over in pain in your joints. The only thing that you can do in some of those is delay the progress of the disease or hope it goes into remission and doesn't come back. I have a friend who has to go to the hospital for a week for IVIG once every month to slow down the disease. Whereas with celiac a gluten free diet will put the disease into remission and keep it there, just as long as you stay gluten free. However, celiac is one of the most misdiagnosed ones out there. Once you have your diagnosis, celiac is easy to deal with, it's getting there that's the hard part. Most people who have celiac wait 10 years until getting their diagnosis, and the symptoms can be vague and vary from person to person. In some ways, it's harder than other autoimmune diseases, just based on how hard it is to get your diagnosis. Eighty three percent of people who have celiac disease, don't know it. They are walking around thinking they have an anxiety disorder or irritable bowel. This disease is so easily treatable, if more people were aware of the disease, less people would have to suffer for 10 years they don't have to.