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How to Tell Your Friends You Have Celiac Disease

1in133This is a great new video that demonstrates the difficulty that a person with celiac disease has getting people to understand the disease and the restrictions that they have to live under. This is a good way to tell your friends that you have celiac disease.




Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Celiac Disease Symptoms – Courtesy of Gluten Dude

Celiac Disease and Migraine Headaches

A new study has been released in which the connection between celiac disease and migraine headaches was studied. The objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of headache in clinic and support group patients with celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) compared with a sample of healthy subjects. European studies have demonstrated increased prevalence of headache of patients with celiac disease compared with controls.

The subjects took a self-administered survey containing clinical, demographic, and dietary data, as well as questions about headache type and frequency. The ID-Migraine screening tool and the Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) were also used.

The results of the study in medical terms:

Five hundred and two subjects who met exclusion criteria were analyzed – 188 with celiac disease, 111 with IBD, 25 with gluten sensitivity (GS), and 178 controls (C). Chronic headaches were reported by 30% of celiac disease, 56% of GS, 23% of IBD, and 14% of control subjects (P < .0001). On multivariate logistic regression, celiac disease (odds ratio [OR] 3.79, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.78-8.10), GS (OR 9.53, 95%CI 3.24-28.09), and IBD (OR 2.66, 95%CI 1.08-6.54) subjects all had significantly higher prevalence of migraine headaches compared with controls. Female sex (P = .01), depression, and anxiety (P = .0059) were independent predictors of migraine headaches, whereas age >65 was protective (P = .0345). Seventy-two percent of celiac disease subjects graded their migraine as severe in impact, compared with 30% of IBD, 60% of GS, and 50% of C subjects (P = .0919). There was no correlation between years on gluten-free diet and migraine severity.

The study concluded that migraine headaches were more prevalent in celiac disease and IBD subjects than in controls. Future studies should include screening migraine patients for celiac disease and assessing the effects of gluten-free diet on migraines in celiac disease.

The official citation for this information is: Dimitrova, A. K., Ungaro, R. C., Lebwohl, B., Lewis, S. K., Tennyson, C. A., Green, M. W., Babyatsky, M. W. and Green, P. H. (2012), Prevalence of Migraine in Patients With Celiac Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2012.02260.x



Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are many other complications that people with celiac disease will suffer from. Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome seem to go hand in hand. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects many and had many of the same symptoms of celiac. I found some good overview information relating to IBS at Pain.com. Here is some of what I found:

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common condition that causes a  variety of chronic digestive symptoms. People with irritable bowel  syndrome may have digestive systems that are more sensitive to stress  and certain types of foods. The symptoms of IBS can be very similar to  the symptoms of some other gastointestinal diseases, such as celiac  disease, that may have serious complications, so it is worth seeking  medical attention for chronic digestive problems. IBS is diagnosed by  ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms. Fortunately, the  symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can be managed and the condition  causes no permanent damage to the digestive system.

People with irritable bowel syndrome experience frequent diarrhea or  constipation. Some people with IBS even experience both problems in an  alternating cycle. Abdominal cramping and pain are also common symptoms  of irritable bowel syndrome. Gas and bloating may also occur in some  cases.

The symptoms of IBS vary in severity as well as how long they last.  In order for a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome, the symptoms have  to be present for at least three months and for more than three days per  month. Some people with IBS have symptoms that are basically present  all of the time, and others have symptoms that come and go. In some  cases, it may be possible to identify things that trigger the IBS  symptoms, like food and stress, and control these triggers to help  control the symptoms of IBS.

If you are following a strict gluten free diet and still have the symptoms that are described in this article, please discuss the possibility of IBS with your doctor.

Gluten Free Hersheys Kisses

Here is another great article from Jane Anderson of About.com in which she talks about gluten free Hershey’s Kisses. The last bag of them at our house were the carmel filled kisses and now I see they are not gluten free. Thankfully I ate all of them and my spouse didn’t get a chance to poison herself with them. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Plain milk chocolate Hershey’s kisses are considered gluten-free to 20 parts per million, according to Hershey’s.That includes the traditional silver-wrapped Hershey’s kisses, plus the plain milk chocolate kisses wrapped in colored foil that are sold for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. It also includes the plain milk chocolate Hershey’s kisses sold in plastic candy canes at holiday time.

However, none of the other Hershey’s kisses products are gluten-free. That includes milk chocolate kisses with almonds, milk chocolate kisses filled with caramel, dark chocolate kisses (either plain or filled with mint truffle), pumpkin spice kisses, AirDelight kisses, Hugs kisses (the striped varieties), candy cane-flavored kisses, and kisses filled with cherry cordial cream. Also, the large Hershey’s kiss products — the 7 oz., 5 oz. and 1.45 oz. kisses — are not considered gluten-free either, according to the company.

This is another lesson for us. READ the labels on everything, even if you have read it before. Ingredients change from time to time and gluten appears in foods that you would never suspect. One example that I found is Wal-Mart frozen corn. We love the gluten free Hershey’s Kisses but need to pay better attention to the flavors.