Archive for October, 2012

Oct.31, 2012

Study Finds Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Less Common then Once Thought

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New data presented at the 2012 American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting suggests that Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is less common than Celiac Disease and represents only half the diagnoses compared to Celiac Disease.

Even though more people are becoming aware of the conditions and doctors are slowly starting to diagnose patients with a gluten sensitivity it can be difficult to pin down as a diagnosis because it is nearly impossible to test for.  The researchers were surprised by the results as they expected gluten sensitivity to be even more common than Celiac Disease itself.

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Oct.26, 2012

What’s Your Celiac Story

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We spend a lot of time talking about celebrities and athletes being diagnosed with celiac disease, so today we wanted to take a moment to talk about you, our readers.

We’re in the business of helping people get an accurate diagnosis, so we want to hear from you. How did you get diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity?

Share your story in the comment field below to help us learn even more about our blossoming celiac community!

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Oct.25, 2012

Test for Gluten in Your Food

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University researchers in Spain are looking for ways to accurately test for gluten content in food.  The group is currently developing a sensor that they hope will be able to detect sensitive amounts of gliadin, the main protein trigger in gluten for Celiac Disease.

They don’t yet know how long it would take for a viable working device to actually make it into the market place but the team believes that it will be an important step forward for simple, low-cost food analysis.

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Oct.24, 2012

Olympian Dana Vollmer Talks Gluten-Free

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Gold medal swimmer Dana Vollmer made headlines this summer for her record breaking swimming at the London Olympics and popped up on the radar of the gluten-free community as being a strong advocate for gluten-free eating.

Vollmer was diagnosed with a gluten allergy in the spring of 2011 and is not sure she would have had so much success in London dealing with stomachaches and fatigue without her diagnosis.

She says, “I feel like if I hadn’t figured out the diet, I’m not sure I’d be here. I was exhausted all the time and not recovering from workout to workout. Now I feel like my body actually uses all of the food I put into it.”

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Oct.22, 2012

Study Underway to Look at Breastfeeding, Introduction of Gluten and Celiac Disease

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Researchers are trying to discover the relationship between breast feeding, the age of a a babies first introduction to gluten, and rates of Celiac Disease diagnosis.  What is still unclear is whether breast feeding and age of introduction to gluten helps to prevent the disease or just delays its onset.

To help clarify the issue, the EU has funded a study that recruited pregnant women with a history of Celiac Disease and instructed them to breastfeed for 6 months.  At 4 months old the babies were placed into random study groups and were either given 100mg/day of gliadin or a placebo.

The research will not be concluded until the children are all 3 years old but the researchers hope to gain a more definitive answer on breast feeding and rates of Celiac.  Right now regulations state that gluten should be introduced to infants no earlier than 4 months of age and no later than 7 months and that the infant should still be breastfeeding when gluten is first introduced.

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Oct.18, 2012

Gluten-Free Dating in Glamour Magazine

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How cool is it to see a major women’s magazine like “Glamour” do a feature on romance and dating for women with Celiac Disease!  These are the every day issues that women deal with when navigating what can be a tricky road to love.

In the article blogger Jules Shepard discusses her own experience on dating with Celiac Disease and gives some advice she has learned from her own journey.  She says that since most social outings revolve around food you should try and find a way to be confident and comfortable bringing up what you can and can’t eat without feeling ashamed or shy.  She says that honesty is the best policy and to try and stay away from the word “disease” if it’s something that makes you uncomfortable.

The best advice is that any guy who doesn’t understand that you have to eat a specific diet for your health isn’t worth you time.  Most guys will have no problems and will even be curious about it.  The ones that try and make you feel bad you should just walk out on anyway.

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Oct.16, 2012

Dr. Oz Discusses Celiac Disease, Gluten-Free Diet

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The famous Dr. Oz this week discussed Celiac Disease and gluten-free food with Elisabeth Hasselback. The pair also chatted about food allergies in general and eating healthier with “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien.

The women put gluten in the spotlight and help explain to Oz and his audience how symptoms such as feeling fat, bloated and fatigued could be related to a wheat or gluten allergy.

Lillien explains how to whip up low calorie, tasty treats that take the sin out of eating items you might have previously thought of as sinful.

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Oct.15, 2012

Reducing the Amount of Arsenic in Rice

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The FDA report on “worrisome levels” of arsenic in rice has scared some people on a gluten-free diet who eat rice almost every day.

However they did give some tips on how to reduce the amount of arsenic in the rice you buy such as only buying rice that is made in California as that rice tested at much lower levels of arsenic than other states and southern states tested higher.  Also, when you cook rice be sure to rinse it first at a good rinse can lower levels by 25-30%.

Consumer reports advise that children stay away from rice milk and infants do not eat more that 1 serving a day of baby food made with rice as tests from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office showed that all baby rice cereals they tested were positive for inorganic arsenic.

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Oct.11, 2012

Gluten-Free a Hot Topic at National Restaurant Association Show

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The gluten-free trend proved that it is here to stay at the 93rd annual National Restaurant Association Food Show.

As awareness to celiac disease rises restaurants are trying to accommodate the growing trend.  A range of new food products were shown as were new beers and drinks.  Researchers only expect the market to continue to grow throughout 2012 and into the future.

Other hot trends at this year’s expo were global flavors and healthy alternatives.

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Oct.09, 2012

Study Looks at Patients with Celiac Disease and Diabetic Retinopathy

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According to a recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care, patients with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy (DRB). Using data from the Swedish National Patient Register, the study, conducted by Dr. Kaziwe Mollazadegan of the Karolinska Institute and colleagues, found that over time, the risk of DRP for those with both celiac disease and diabetes was substantially higher than those with only type 1 diabetes.

The study showed that as the number of years since diagnosis increased, the more the risk increased for the group with both celiac disease and diabetes over the group with only diabetes– this was particularly apparent after 10 years.

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