Every May is National Celiac Awareness Month, so on this last day of May, we wanted to give you a few ways you can increase your awareness of celiac disease and a gluten free lifestyle.
1. Get Educated
Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease that is triggered by eating gluten. Those who are affected by this genetic disorder suffer damage to their intestines when they eat gluten, which results in the inability to absorb food. And according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, an estimated 1 in 141 Americans has celiac disease. Even more startling, 83% who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
2. Get Aware
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, one easy goal to make is to talk with your family. Why? Having a family member with celiac disease can greatly increase your risk of developing the condition.
Another simple step you can take is to share the celiac disease symptoms checklist. There are so many symptoms that go along with celiac, it’s become known as “the great masquerader” for its varying appearances from person to person.
3. Get Involved
Connecting with some of the major voices in the celiac community can quickly raise your gluten free awareness. Start by following @CeliacAwareness on Twitter or by lending a thumb to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on Facebook. Connect with some of the best gluten free blogs out there, or even start one of your own!
4. Get Mobile
One last way to get involved is to download Alex’s Gluten Free Spots on your iPhone; it’s free for a limited time! One quick download can save you hours of meal planning and days of discomfort and illness. Locate gluten-free and celiac-friendly restaurants near you and rate them in service, knowledge, and of course, the taste of the food!