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Living with celiac disease not a piece of cake

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Published: 27 Sep 2005

One in 133 Canadians may have celiac disease, which can take years to diagnose.

One in 133 Canadians may have celiac disease, which can take years to diagnose

Celiac disease is more common than you think. It is estimated one in 133 Canadians have this disease and many don't even know because it can take up to ten years before a proper diagnosis is made.

October is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and to mark the occasion the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association, in collaboration with the Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC, will be holding a half-day seminar entitled "Raising Awareness of Celiac Disease."

WHEN: SUNDAY, October 2, from 1 pm to 5 pm
WHERE: Amphitheatre (D-182) of the Children's, 2300 Tupper
WHY: To provide up-to-date information on key issues, including prevalence, clinical presentations, diagnostic issues, lifelong diet and more.

Gluten-free snacks will be available for tasting during the break.

Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance found in gluten called gliadin. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale and barley. Oats are also very often contaminated with wheat and are considered unsafe. As a result of the damage to the small intestine, the body is unable to absorb nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. Common symptoms of celiac disease are anemia, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, cramps and bloating, and irritability.

At present there is no cure, but celiac disease is readily treated by following the gluten-free diet.

Below is a list of speakers at the Sunday, October 2, seminar:

Pediatric Gastroenterologists: Dr. Mohsin Rashid, Dalhousie University
and Dr. Martha Dirks, Université de Montréal
Dietician: Louise Desaulnier,
Nutrition Clinic Louise Lambert-Lagacé Inc.

Contact Information

Contact: Lisa Dutton
Organization: The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC
Office Phone: 514-412-4307
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