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Celiac Disease & Holiday Meals

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Dr. Richard Krause says "It's a horrible time of the year fro them because they can't go out to dinner, they can't go over to their friend's house unless they understand gluten free food."
 
Dr. Richard Krause is a Gastroenterologist.   He says even a small amount of gluten can make some people very sick.

Researchers say about one in every one hundred people in the United States has celiac disease.  This is an autoimmune disorder where foods containing gluten can cause damage to the lining of the small intestine, interfering with the ability to absorb nutrients from the food.      

Dr. Richard Krause says "These people really have a problem with it, the symptoms depend on how much of the bowel is involved."

symptoms for celiac disease can vary.  But some common things to look out for are:  bloating, diarrhea, weight loss,and anemia.
 
Dr. Krause says the best thing to do for those who suffer from celiac disease when it comes to holiday meals, is to be prepared.

There is no drug treatment or cure, the only option is to follow a strict gluten free diet.

Dr. Richard Krause says "They have to plan ahead they have to make most of the food at home."

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There is a research study for celiac patients happening in Chattanooga that's offering new hope and new treatment options. Go to www.celiactionstudy.com for more information.

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