May is Celiac Awareness month. Celiac awareness event is currently running. National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and other relevant organizations are supporting this event.
This event educates awareness about celiac disease for those people who are affected. This event also highlights the work of NFCA which provides support for affected people. The collaboration of NFCA with scientists and other organizations, also supports research into celiac disease.
21 million people have this disease but about 5% people know that they have it. The aim of this event is to make more people aware that they have this disease and how they can cure of it, and what they have to eat.
What is Celiac Disease?
When someone eats something with gluten they body overreacts to the protein and damages their villi. Damaged villi can’t properly absorb nutrients from food, and there is possibility of loss of bone density, miscarriages, infertility or certain cancers.
If you have celiac disease and you eat something with gluten in it, you may have gas, diarrhea, constipation, anemia, abdominal pain, headaches, bone or joint pain, weight loss, mouth ulcers and heart burn.
Not everyone with Celiac disease will have these symptoms, some people have no problems at all and it is difficult to diagnose for those people.
The affected people eat gluten free foods.