Celiac Diagnostic Center - Living with Celiac

Being diagnosed with celiac disease is not the end of the world. In fact, it's the beginning of a much more comfortable existence - free of stomach illness, fatigue and any of the host of symptoms that have likely been impacting your daily living for quite a while.

You are not alone. Celiac disease is one of the most common digestive maladies in the United States. More than three million people are living gluten-free lives and thriving. So will you.

While there is no known cure for celiac disease and only one certain treatment - complete gluten abstinence - celiac disease sufferers have more options than ever before with regard to food choices. Websites, cookbooks, health food stores and more abound with ideas and opportunities to make the very most of gluten-free living.

It can feel as if every day brings new challenges when you or a loved one - especially your child - is diagnosed with celiac disease, With only one sure-fire treatment at your disposal - avoiding gluten - celiac disease can often feel overwhelming.

It's important to put celiac disease in perspective. From a dietician's perspective, celiac is a hypersensitivity to a certain substance. That's how you should treat it. Many people are allergic to peanuts, dairy, shellfish or a host of other things. You (or your child) cannot eat foods containing gluten. OK, gluten is found in many products making it far more difficult to avoid than, say, peanuts. But you can live a happy, healthy gluten-free lifestyle if you put the condition in perspective and take the right attitude.

Here's some good news. You don't have to go it alone. There are support groups for families dealing with celiac disease. Finding one in your area or on-line can be like a lifeline when things feel overwhelming.

Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), the largest non-profit celiac support group in the United States, meets at Virtua/West Jersey Hospital in Voorhees.
www.virtua.org - 90 Brick Road, Marlton - (856) 355-6000

Additionally, there are many websites devoted to all things celiac disease from the latest news and information to great recipes and gluten-free products such as www.celiac.org.