On September 13, National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, it is a good idea to learn more about this little-known condition that affects roughly 3 million Americans. Gluten, a protein present in wheat, rye, and barley, is inaccessible to those who have celiac disease, a hereditary autoimmune illness. The immune system of the affected person reacts by attacking the small intestine and preventing the absorption of critical nutrients. Celiac disease can cause additional conditions including cancer, osteoporosis, and infertility if it goes misdiagnosed or untreated. Learn a bit more this year and share what you learn on National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.
When is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day?
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, which is observed annually on September 13th, encourages us to help those who suffer from the auto-immune condition that affects 3 million people.
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day History
On September 13th, 2005, the US Senate unanimously approved a resolution in favor of Celiac Disease Awareness Day. The day celebrated the birthdate of Dr. Samuel Gee, a medical professional who was the first to write about celiac disease and the necessity for a special diet to treat it. Up until 2011, the Senate maintained its yearly request for National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.
Gluten is avoided by those with celiac disease because it triggers an immune reaction that damages the villi in the small intestine. The damage eventually stops the body from absorbing nutrients. Gluten may be found in grains including wheat, barley, rye, and even some oat products. The only known remedy for permanent damage is a well monitored diet.
During National Celiac Awareness Day, information and assistance are made available to people who have already received a diagnosis as well as those who are promoting the value of diagnosis. Families may offer nutritious lifestyles by using alternative food preparation methods, diet recommendations, and celiac support groups.
National Celiac Disease Awareness Day Activities
Try eating without gluten.
Unaware of their own gluten sensitivity, some people discover that cutting out protein-containing meals makes them feel considerably better. More people will decide to live gluten-free lives as more knowledge about celiac disease becomes available.
Find out where gluten lurks
Soups, salad dressings, and soy sauce are examples of foods that unintentionally contain gluten. If you’re eating out, don’t be afraid to ask if a food contains gluten.
Looking at food labels
Whether or whether you have celiac disease, this is always sage advice. Monitoring what we consume into our body is one of the finest methods to keep an eye on our health.