A: The worst feeling in the world is thinking there is nothing to eat. Especially early on, the secret is to look at everything you can eat -- and not what you can't eat. The gluten-free diet has virtually no restrictions on plain meats, plain vegetables and plain fruits. The tricky part is carbohydrates. Today, there are gluten-free pasta and bread available at health food stores and online, as well as wonderful doughnuts, bagels and even pretzels. Your diet will take some forethought and planning. Fast food might be a thing of the past. Find a good gluten-free list of safe foods, stock up and enjoy!
Q. What is an autoimmune disease?
A: An autoimmune disease causes the body to attack itself. Some autoimmune diseases include lupus, multiple sclerosis and Celiac Disease.
Q. What are some of the common misdiagnoses of Celiac Disease?
A: Celiac Disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Chrone's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Q. How many people have Celiac Disease?
A: Recent studies at the University of Maryland show that as many as 1 in every 128 Americans have Celiac Disease. Diagnosis in the United States takes an average of seven (7) years.
Q. What other diseases are associated with Celiac Disease?
A: Celiac Disease is associated with diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Studies indicate that an individual who has an autoimmune disease is more susceptible to other autoimmune diseases than is a healthy individual.
Q. How long do I have to remain gluten-free?
A: Once you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the treatment is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for the rest of one's life. Once a sprue, always a sprue.
Q. What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis and how does it relate to Celiac Disease?
A: Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a disorder or complication associated with Celiac Disease. Gluten has been found to have a close relationship with the skin rash which occurs with dermatitis herpetiformis. DH is often referred to as "celiac disease of the skin" while Celiac Disease is referred to as "celiac disease of the gut." DH are itchy skin eruption which are intensely itchy and may appear as red bumps and blisters. DH lesions commonly appear on elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp, posterior, neck, sacral (lower end of the spinal column) and shoulder areas.