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Allegheny Center for Digestive Health Celebrates Gluten Free Lifestyle

Monday, October 15th, 2012

 
Local celiac disease experts are convening to help patients learn the ropes of gluten free living with advice, resources and tasty treats at a free seminar on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
 
Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North hotel in Mars. The event is free and no pre-registration is required, but participants are encouraged to bring a donation for local gluten free food banks.
 
Sponsored by the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health and the Gluten Intolerance Group of Western Pennsylvania, the workshop will feature samples of gluten free foods, a hands-on educational activity for children, and discussions on celiac diagnosis and nutrition facilitated by adult and pediatric gastroenterologists and dietitians with special expertise in successful management of celiac disease.
 
Topics will include a Friday Night Sleepover Survival Guide for kids, Early Childhood Celiac Disease, Testing and Follow Up after Diagnosis of Celiac Disease and a session on Learning About Gluten Free Living geared toward children and teens.
 
Celiac disease is an intestinal disorder in which the immune system responds abnormally to gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The resulting inflammation of intestinal lining interferes with absorption of vital nutrients from food. It is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten sensitive enteropathy.

For most people, following a gluten free diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvement begins within days of starting the diet, but healing of the small intestine may take months to years.

 
“Every person is different, but the Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle event will provide information on healthy eating for the entire family along with tips and product recommendations to help people enjoy their meals and snacks while avoiding hidden sources of gluten, cross contamination of foods and other issues that can undermine efforts to control celiac symptoms,” said Kofi Clarke, MD, Medical Director of the Celiac Center at Allegheny Center for Digestive Health.
 
Previously thought to be a rare disorder of childhood, celiac disease is now known to be a more common disorder affecting about 1 in 133 people. It impacts people of all ages and is associated with certain genetic markers and may run in families. Patients with celiac disease may be asymptomatic or experience abdominal pain, bloating, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, unexplained anemia and fatigue. They also may have bone or joint pain, bone loss, depression/ anxiety, numbness in hands and feet, menstrual disturbances, infertility, mouth sores, seizures, and skin rash.
 
For information call 412.359.8956 or 412.343.1802.
 
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About the Celiac Center at the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health
The Celiac Center at the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health offers the area's only multidisciplinary center for the comprehensive management of celiac disease. The Center’s team of gastroenterologists, dietitians, internal medicine physicians, psychologists and complementary medicine specialists work together to help patients achieve the correct diagnosis and address the dietary changes, genetic concerns and long-term risk factors associated with celiac disease. The Center also connects patients with local support groups, gluten free food pantries and other helpful resources. For more information, visit the Center’s website at pittsburghceliac.org.
 
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