Seniors do you have occasional stomach troubles like bloating and constipation and it continues to get worse every day or month. Are you getting gripping stomach pains with the bloating and the test the doctor runs show nothing wrong? Seniors have developed an itchy rash over your knees and elbows? Non-celiac gluten sensitivity can affect nearly every system in the body, with symptoms that include digestive effects, skin problems such as rashes, brain fog, joint pain and numbness in the extremities. These symptoms are very similar to those experienced by people with undiagnosed celiac disease. You may have celiac disease. The best way to battle this is to have a gluten-free diet. If you or someone you know is experiencing similar symptoms, discuss them with your health care provider and work through proper testing prior to starting a gluten free diet on your own.
Celiac disease is commonly found in children suffering from malnutrition but it is becoming more common in seniors 60 and older. Rates of new celiac diagnoses of those over 60 are a growing group that hasn’t received much attention until very recently. Research suggests that about 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease, translating to about 400,000 adults over age 60. The risk for celiac disease increase with age, and older adults that have celiac disease is double the rate of the general population. Seniors with celiac disease have an average delay of 17 years getting diagnosed this is three times longer than younger individuals. This is because in the past celiac disease was considered a disease of children, and doctors now know it can affect anyone at any age.
Although senior with celiac disease may not face the gluten-filled challenges youngsters with celiac disease encounters in school, camp, birthday parties and college, that doesn’t mean the gluten-free diet is an easy adjustment, because a lifetime of dietary habits can be hard to break. Seniors support groups can help you with the dietary adjustments, and information on the disease and what you can eat. In addition, seniors if you are looking for a retirement place like an assisted living facility, make sure you inquire about their dietary department, and if they can accommodate your dietary needs. It is important that you are able to adhere to the gluten-free diet.
A gluten-free diet is also a choice people believe it to be healthier. Those who follow a gluten-free diet without needing to are of the mindset that all grains, but especially wheat and gluten are bad for all of us, causing inflammation and all kinds of problems as a result. Seniors with celiac disease living gluten free, while necessary, is not easy. If you do it religiously it is worth it, because the reaction you get with even a small amount is simply not worth it. There are many foods that have to be avoided because of hidden gluten in ingredients such as natural flavors. You have to learned to eat a simple, healthy diet-although there is plenty of gluten free junk food it you want it-and more products coming all the time. For more information about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, including following a gluten free diet, go to http://www.celiac.com or http://www.celiac.org/