There is still so much to learn about Celiac Disease and so many misconceptions about Celiac. In order to live well and remain as healthy as possible it is vital that people learn where to start once they have been diagnosed with Celiac.
Some myths that we find out there are:
- Just go gluten-free. If you are feeling better then we'll run the celiac tests. Fact is once you stop eating gluten your intestines start to heal and the less accurate your test results will be. You need to test before going gluten-free to get accurate results.
- It's ok to eat gluten occasionally. If you have celiac a crumb is all it takes to continue damaging your intestines. It is hard to believe that doctors are still telling patient's to do this, but some are.
- Your too old to get Celiac. Truth is, there is no age limit to when you can develop or be diagnosed with Celiac. Almost one-third of all patient's are diagnosed after the age of 60.
- Only Caucasians get Celiac. Although it is true that Caucasians have the highest incidence of Celiac Disease it still affects other ethnicities. No one is immune from getting diagnosed.
- You only have to avoid wheat, barley and rye. Not true. You must be careful with all grains including rice, corn and quinoa. There is a possibility of cross-contamination through the growing and processing systems. Be sure that you are buying Certified Gluten Free products made in a designated gluten-free facility. If you feel poorly eating any food, you should avoid it.
Be sure to take a list of symptoms with you when you visit the doctor so the right tests can be administered. Symptoms vary from person to person so be careful to take good notes, see how you react to foods.
People react differently. What one person experiences may different from what you experience. Some people lose weight, have gastrointestinal problems, anemia, memory issues, headaches, joint pain, and the list goes on and on. So be mindful of what is happening within your body so you can find the right program for you.
There is some trial and error involved with finding the right foods that work for you, but it can be done. Do your research. Go to support meetings to learn what you can from others with the same condition. They can help you navigate the new lifestyle a little easier. It always helps when you can share what you are going through with others. Just makes the whole process easier. This is a very small start and there will be more to come. Once you become gluten-free you will see what a difference it makes in your life. Life will be more enjoyable again.