The Celiac Disease Foundation has named May Celiac Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a disease that affects millions of people, yet is mostly undiagnosed.
What Can I Do to Help During Celiac Awareness Month?
The first thing you can do during May is to make sure that you are living healthy with no signs of the disease. No one knows the exact cause of the condition, but many doctors think that genetics could play a role. If you notice any of the over 200 symptoms associated with celiac disease, talk to a medical professional right away. Other ways to help out include:
- Spread Awareness – Let others know about celiac disease and how it can affect a person’s life. Being aware that the condition exists is the first step in getting more people to take control of their health and wellness.
- Share Accurate Information – Make sure you share accurate information from reliable resources. There are many myths going around about celiac disease, and they could misinform people who need help.
- Donate to a Celiac Organization – Look for a celiac organization and donate time or money, whichever you can give. Support what they do and help them reach out to more people living with the disease.
Tips for Living with Celiac Disease
What if you or a loved one are diagnosed with celiac disease? Don’t worry. There are many ways you can manage symptoms and live a more comfortable, happier life.
- Only eat nutritious, gluten-free food and stay fit.
- Follow new developments by joining groups or reading the latest research findings about celiac disease.
- Call ahead before going to a restaurant to find out if they can meet your dietary needs.
- Keep an ongoing journal that includes what you eat daily and your symptoms.
- Ask your pharmacist if a medication you were prescribed contains gluten.
If you have questions or notice the symptoms of celiac disease, now is the time to talk to a gastroenterologist. Contact a doctor to schedule an appointment and learn how to live gluten-free.