What You Should Know About National Celiac Awareness Day
September 13th is National Celiac Awareness Day. This previously obscure disease has gotten a tremendous amount of attention recently. Knowing more about the disease can allow you to better understand how it can impact your parent and how you can give them the support and care they need to manage this challenge effectively.
Some things you should know about National Celiac Awareness Day include:
- Celiac is not the same as “gluten sensitivity”. It is an actual autoimmune disease, and can have serious symptoms
- Celiac is not something a person grows out of, and does impact adults as well as children
- Approximately 1 percent of the total population, or 1 out of every 100 people, has Celiac disease
- This number accounts for approximately 3 million people throughout the United States
- Experts estimate that 80 percent of those who have Celiac have not been properly diagnosed, which means they are not managing their condition
- People who have a parent, child, or sibling with Celiac are at higher risk of the disease, with a 1 in 10 chance
- Celiac disease affects the entire body, not just the digestive system
- The only treatment for Celiac disease is complete, strict, and life-long avoidance of all sources of gluten
- Approximately 20 percent of those who are living with Celiac disease do not respond favorably to a gluten-free diet
- Celiac disease greatly increases the risk of a variety of serious health issues including some kinds of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, MS, and more
- Approximately 20 percent of those who are living with Celiac disease do not exhibit any external symptoms of the disease, but are still at risk of the complications associated with the disease
Helping your aging parent eat a healthy diet is just one way the customized services of an elder care provider can help them live their highest quality of life. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also the care you already give them. This care provider can support your aging parent in getting the nutrition they need to help their body thrive by bringing them at to the grocery store to help them choose healthy foods, meal and snack preparation, reminders about dietary restrictions, and even physical assistance with eating problems. If your aging parent struggles with food sensitivities or allergies, this care provider can help your parent to understand them, and make the right choices or avoiding them.
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