Celiac Awareness Month

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Posted: 5/20/2016 10:50 AM by Interim HealthCare

Elderly Care in Layton UT

May is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac Awareness Month is about shining a light on this invisible disease and how it impacts the lives of many Americans each day.
While many have heard of celiac disease, also known as gluten sensitivity, most people don’t know exactly what it is and that it is a real disease. Celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune condition. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and foods, and drinks that contain these grains. When food with gluten is eaten, damage is done to the small intestine that makes it difficult for the small intestine to absorb nutrients, mainly fat, calcium, iron, and folate.
Celiac disease can strike at any age, so it’s important to know the signs. If you handle your loved one’s care, and they are displaying symptoms of celiac disease, take them to a doctor so they can be properly diagnosed.
Some of the known symptoms associated with celiac disease are digestive issues, like abdominal bloating, abdominal cramping, gas, weight loss, and diarrhea. Some of the lesser known symptoms are, iron deficiency anemia, skin rashes, tingling sensations in the legs caused by low calcium, and sores in the mouth.
When celiac is left untreated, your aging loved one will be susceptible to other health conditions you may not have realized celiac disease could be associated with. For example, seizures, intestinal cancer (though this is rare), osteoporosis - because the intestines are having difficulty absorbing calcium and vitamin D.
The only treatment for people with celiac disease is a strict, gluten-free diet. This often presents a unique issue for seniors who are diagnosed in later life. They may ask you, how can they adapt to dietary changes after spending their entire lives enjoying certain foods? Foods like pasta, cereals, bread, and many processed foods that contain grains. In everyday life, that means when you go to a restaurant with your loved one, you make sure none of their food is prepared with food that contains gluten. It also means when you’re at the grocery store, you’re reading the ingredients on packages of food carefully to be sure you’re not accidental feeding your mom or dad gluten.
If your loved one is showing signs of celiac disease, take them to a healthcare professional for screening and diagnosis. While there is no cure for celiac disease, following a treatment plan will control the symptoms.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Layton, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.

Brenda Funk, CSA,  Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT
Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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