Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive Support Group
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bowmanstown Medical Plaza (corrected address)
512 Bank St.
Bowmanstown, PA 18030
Carbon County Celiac Center
Carbon County Celiac Center and Blue Mountain Health System–Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitive Support Group
Hosted by Ahmed Hasan, MD, of the Carbon County Celiac Center, the support group will meet on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza. Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can’t eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is found mainly in foods but may also be in other products like medicines, vitamins and supplements, lip balm, and even the glue on stamps and envelopes.
Nearly 1 in 133 people have some form of gluten intolerance or Celiac-related symptoms in the United States. Celiac disease affects each person differently. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system, or in other parts of the body. One person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person may be irritable or depressed. Irritability is one of the most common symptoms in children. Some people have no symptoms.
Celiac disease is genetic. Blood tests can help your doctor diagnose the disease. Your doctor may also need to examine a small piece of tissue from your small intestine. Treatment is a diet free of gluten.
Check the Carbon County Celiac Center’s website for more information at http://www.carboncountyceliaccenter.com/