Does Your Family Health History Determine Celiac Disease?

How important is your family’s health history in diagnosing or ruling out celiac disease? Believe it or not, approximately 35% of the general population has the genes that predispose a person to celiac disease, but only 1% of the general population develop the autoimmune disorder.   Celiac disease is considered a hereditary autoimmune disorder. However, experts say that while having a family history of celiac disease makes you Read More

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The Tools to Replace in Your Gluten-Free Kitchen

WOODEN UTENSILS Wood can be tricky to thoroughly clean. Wood fibers could harbor gluten particles and enter your food with the next stir. CUTTING BOARDS Be cautious with cutting boards. If they are pitted or scratched, gluten could settle into crevices. It’s better not to risk using your former bread board for your new gluten-free Read More

The Connection Between Gluten Intolerance and Reproductive Health

When you think of the effects of celiac disease, digestive system, namely the intestines, probably come to mind. Yet symptoms of celiac disease, can present in many different ways, including your reproductive health. For example, if you have undiagnosed and/or untreated celiac disease, you may be more likely to experience infertility. While research is limited and results of studies are mixed, here’s why and how gluten intolerance could impact fertility. Gluten intake in individuals with celiac disease may impact reproductive health in two Read More

Gluten and Your Muscles, Joints, and Skin

If you are experiencing unexplained joint or muscle pain, bone issues, or even a rash on your body — and some other factors are in place — these issues could be related to gluten intolerance.

VIRTUAL EVENT 10/19: How Do You Get a Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity Diagnosis?

What might lead you to consider that you have a gluten intolerance? And if you suspect that, what happens next? Should you start eating gluten-free? That’s what we’ll be discussing – in detail – on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET with three experts who will explain what happens once you start looking into the possibility of a diagnosis.

Gluten and Your Mental Health

A common way of thinking of gluten-related disorders – whether celiac disease or gluten sensitivity – is that the main symptoms are related to the digestive system – the intestines, the stomach, even the mouth. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can affect other parts of your body as well, including your brain.  There are two main ways gluten can affect your brain and mental well-being:  In people with gluten-related disorders, gluten can cause Read More

3 Steps to a Celiac Disease Diagnosis

You’ve been experiencing some discomfort, pain, or simply feel unwell. You go to the doctor to try to find out what’s wrong. At what point should the topic of celiac disease and getting tested come up? If it does, what happens next?

Eat Your Vegetables: Nutrients You’re Missing When Gluten-Free

Published June, 2021   Cutting out wheat, rye, and barley – and products derived from those grains – is the way people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) eat gluten-free. Sticking to a gluten-free diet helps heal intestinal damage caused by celiac disease, specifically, and improves health. NCGS does not cause intestinal damage but is also treated with a gluten-free diet. Eliminating gluten-containing grains and grain-based products from your diet, however, can reduce intake of some key nutrients. How can Read More

Self-Advocating: From Diagnosis to Living with Celiac Disease

Published May, 2021 Each step of your celiac disease journey comes with different sets of challenges – not just physical, but emotional ones as well. One part of living with celiac disease or a non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is standing up, or advocating, for yourself.   Standing up for yourself takes many different forms. Being your own advocate can be a major part of dealing with healthcare providers. You may find you also have to self-advocate when interacting with Read More

Building Your Healthcare Team

Published May, 2021 The purpose of this article is to explain the different types of expertise that may be beneficial when taking a comprehensive approach to treating a person diagnosed with celiac disease. GIG acknowledges that not everyone has access to all of these options, and some have access to very few of them. This is an important point to note and a conversation we will Read More

Celiac Disease: Barriers to Diagnosis

Published April, 2021 If getting your celiac disease diagnosis is taking (or took) a long time, you are not alone. The journey to diagnosis can take a while for individuals with celiac disease. We spoke to some experts who treat celiac disease patients to better understand some of the barriers that can interfere with a prompt diagnosis.        Patient Confusion/Attitudes  When you’re not feeling well, Read More

Dealing with the Stress of a Celiac Disease Diagnosis

Published April, 2021 Are you feeling stressed out? If so, you’re not alone. Many things in life can create stress, and when we are stressed, our brains release hormones like cortisol into our bloodstream. While you can usually adapt to “short term” stress, long term stress – like what you might experience when you have a chronic Read More

4-Week Vegan and Gluten-Free Meal Plan

Are you gluten-free and vegan, too? Meal planning around multiple dietary restrictions can be challenging. This Gluten-Free Vegan Meal Plan is filled with delicious options to make it easier to shop and prepare healthy meals. If you are glutenfree and looking to make your diet more plant-based, this meal plan can be a great resource Read More

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2020

Published September 29, 2020 GIG Research Update The 2020 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there was still much to be learned from abstracts that had already been submitted and accepted. Following are summaries of selected abstracts related to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Probiotics for celiac disease Read More

Eating Out: 7 Tips For Staying Gluten-Free

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published September, 2021   Tips for Dining Away from Home Staying gluten-free when dining out can be a source of anxiety. Many restaurants have “gluten-free” offerings, but how can you be sure that procedures are being followed to avoid cross-contact, and that all ingredients used are truly Read More

Medications and the Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Staying gluten-free involves more than just dietary changes.While use of gluten as an ingredient in medications is uncommon, medications must also be evaluated for their gluten content. Many pharmaceuticals have an additional filler called an excipient, used to make a particular dosage Read More

Hospital Stays Made Safe

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published January, 2020   Full version of this article is in the print pdf. Being admitted to the hospital can be a stressful experience, especially for those with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders. Whether you are there for a day-surgery or for three weeks in rehabilitation, Read More

Healthy Weight Gain in Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published August, 2021   The term “weight management” generally brings to mind the issue of how to lose weight, or at least how to prevent gain. But sometimes there are health-related reasons to gain weight, and one scenario where this may be the case is in celiac Read More

Pregnancy and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Pregnancy and celiac disease both call for extra considerations when it comes to nutrition. What if you fall into both categories? Do some of the needs overlap, and are there special nutritional issues that arise for pregnant women who have celiac disease? Read More

Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published July, 2020 What is celiac disease? An autoimmune disease which is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) in susceptible individuals. This response to gluten damages the small intestine, leading to malabsorption of Read More

Celiac Disease & Thyroid Conditions

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Celiac Disease and Thyroid Disease: The Connection Researchers have found autoimmune thyroid diseases to be more common in people with celiac disease than in the general population. The reasons for this relationship are not entirely clear, but these are the known facts: Read More

Celiac Disease and Anemia

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   What is Anemia? Anemia results from a decrease in the size or number of red blood cells, or in the amount of hemoglobin, which is the red pigment in red blood cells. Think of red blood cells as ships that deliver oxygen Read More

Weight Management and the Gluten-Free Diet

Download the Printable Version of this Educational Bulletin Published October 17, 2019   Individuals with undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease may experience unintended weight loss over time due to malabsorption of nutrients caused by damage to the intestine. However, when a gluten-free diet is begun and the intestine heals, lost weight is sometimes re-gained and Read More

Women and Gluten-Related Disorders

Published October 1, 2021   Some symptoms of gluten-related disorders (celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity) are also more likely to exist in women than men in general. Therefore, if you are a woman and have any of these conditions or symptoms it’s important to consider both gluten-related disorders, as well as non-gluten related issues Read More