Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. People with celiac disease produce antibodies that attack the intestine, causing damage and illness. Finding the cause of this disease is a priority of the Center for Celiac Research.
Nearly 1 out of every 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease, according to a study provided by Dr. Alessio Fasano, Center for Celiac Research. The research indicates that celiac disease is twice as common as Crohn’s disease, ulceric colitis and cystic fibrosis combined.
A blood test is now available to screen for the presence of specific antibodies. A biopsy of the intestine (before beginning a gluten free diet) is needed to make a final diagnosis.
Untreated celiac disease can be life threatening. Celiacs are more likely to be afflicted with problems relating to malabsorption, including osteoporosis, tooth enamel defects, central and peripheral nervous system disease, pancreatic disease, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders (gall bladder, liver, and spleen), and gynecological disorders. Untreated celiac disease has also been linked an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.
There are no drugs to treat celiac disease and there is no cure. But celiacs can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten free diet. This means avoiding all products derived from wheat, rye, and barley.
You will not outgrow the disease since celiac disease is now considered to be an autoimmune disorder like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
Celiac Disease is not a food allergy; rather it is an autoimmune disease. Food allergies, including wheat allergy, are conditions that people can grow out of. This is not the case with celiac disease.
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What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?
How common is Celiac Disease?
How is celiac diagnosed?
What are the long-term effects of Celiac Disease?
What is the treatment for Celiac Disease?
What are the recommended blood tests to diagnose CD?
How accurate are the celiac blood tests?
Are the villi permanently damaged in a patient with Celiac Disease?
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Is it necessary to have an intestinal biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of Celiac Disease?
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If a diabetic goes on a gluten-free diet, will their diabetes improve?
Can a person with Celiac Disease on gluten-free diet give blood?
Can a person with Celiac Disease drink wine?
Can I outgrow Celiac Disease?
Do I need to repeat the biopsy once on a gluten-free diet?
Is Celiac Disease a food allergy?
Celiac Disease Support Groups in Indiana 2012
Please contact the support group leader for the most up-to-date
information about meeting times and locations
Celiacs R Us
Meets at Bloomington Hospital Medical Arts Building
No meetings at this time
Meets at Dekalb Memorial Hospital
Medical Arts Center East 303A
Families Living with Celiac Disease Support Group
Meets at Goshen General Hospital, Goshen
Facebook page: Families Living With Celiac Disease Support Group
Gluten Free Evansville
Google group: http://gfevv.com
Gladdmd Integrative Clinic
4930 Illinois Rd Suite C, Fort Wayne
Check for GF programs at www.gladdmd.com
Meghann Whetstone, RD
Fort Wayne Celiac Support Group
Meets at Mocha Lounge
6312 Covington Rd.
Facebook page: gluten free Fort Wayne
Hobart – Northwest Indiana:
(219) 588-9829 (cell)
Greater Indianapolis Area:
Gluten Intolerance Group of Indianapolis
Meets at Clarian North Hospital in Carmel &
St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis
For GIG Newsletter signup at:
Email Support Group signup at:
Suzanne Rampton, Branch Manager
Indianapolis south side, Greenwood:
Meets at Community South Hospital
Indianapolis west side, Avon:
CSA Celiac Support Group of Indianapolis #60
Meets at Winding Way Farms health food store
CSA Michiana Chapter #110
Meets at Elkhart Clinic
Yahoo group: CSAMichiana
Living Gluten Free Support Group
Meets at Memorial Hospital - Innovation Cafe
Jeannie Derrow, RN
June Brandner, RD
Meets at Terre Haute Regional Hospital
** This list is being shared as a courtesy and we will do our best to ensure it is updated but information can change and please know we will do our best to update the list.