Celiac Disease Awareness Month  Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

 Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

October is recognized as Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This month Chapa-De would like to educate patients on what celiac disease is, as well as what do if you have it.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is considered an autoimmune disorder. People that have celiac disease cannot process gluten the way most of us can, forcing them to eat a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. For these people, gluten affects their small intestine. The small intestine is the part of our intestine that absorbs nutrients from the foods we eat.

How does a person get celiac disease?

Celiac disease like many other autoimmune disorders is known to be hereditary. If someone in your family has it, it is more likely for you to get it or for your children to have it.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

There are a number of symptoms that are common with this disease, but the main signs to look for are:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Stomachaches and pains
  • Anemia
  • Low iron levels
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Click HERE to learn more about the potential symptoms.

What is a gluten-free diet?

A gluten-free diet excludes wheat, barley, and rye. Foods that have gluten in them that people should stay away from include:

  • Beer
  • Bread (there are now a lot of gluten-free bread options)
  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Chips
  • French fries
  • Click HERE to learn more about the types of food that people with celiac disease should stay away from.

People that are on a gluten-free diet should eat:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Click HERE to learn about the types of foods people with celiac disease can eat.

Is there a treatment?

There is currently no treatment for celiac disease other than modifying one’s diet and taking daily supplements and over-the-counter medications. At Chapa-De, we have team members that are Registered Dietitians, Lifestyle Coaches, and Nutritionists who are always here to help. They specialize in building a plan that is right for you. To learn more about eating healthy and changing your diet, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2810 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.




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