Lifestyle or Medication?
By: Heather Banks
Course: HCA 240 Health and Diseases: Understanding the Pathos of Pathology Instructor: Jessica Grippo
There is a lot of mystery surrounding celiac disease. While some confuse celiac disease with a food allergy, it is not. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. According to "Celiac Disease" (1998-2012), “one out of 133 people in the United States are affected with celiac disease.” Celiac disease is gluten sensitivity and not a food allergy. With allergies, most people can outgrow them with age, since celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, this is not the case.
The biggest lifestyle change that people diagnosed with celiac disease can make is diet. A person diagnosed with celiac disease will have to pay attention to the ingredients in what they eat. This can start with reading labels. Just because a person may avoid a key trigger – wheat, it does not mean that a product is completely gluten free. According to "Celiac Disease" (1998-2012), “products labeled wheat-free are not necessarily gluten-free. They may still contain spelt, rye or barley-based ingredients that are not GF. Spelt is a form of wheat.” Finding gluten free products can often be challenging because if wheat is absence, it may still contain other products which can trigger a reaction in those with celiac disease.
Strategies for over barriers in a having a gluten free diet is education. A person should be educated in how to read labels and recognize those foods which contain gluten. Shopping in specific grocers who carry a broad line of gluten free products is ideal in helping to ensure the product contains no gluten. There are also restaurants which are not offering entrees designated as gluten free.
Lifestyle change is essential for treatment of celiac disease. It is the only treatment for the disease. “When gluten is taken out of the diet, the small intestine heals and a return to full health...
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