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  UNDERSTAND.     TAKE CONTROL.      LIVE BETTER.               AUGUST 2015
Do I have Celiac Disease or
 Gluten Sensitivity?

Distinguishing between disease and sensitivity
can be difficult.  Let Dr. Khush Jeejeebhoy
help you decide and improve your diet. 


RISE to the Challenge
Join the CDHF RISE Revolution Cycling Team 
for our 5th annual fundraising event.
The beautiful Blue Mountains of Ontario
offer the ideal landscape for a fall adventure.
Join CDHF and Activia in 
Collingwood this September 
on a 25, 50 and 100 mile route.
We'll treat you to a reception and rider swag!


Help Your Microbes Win

Trillions of single celled organisms, called microbes, 

are working hard to keep you 

healthy and strong each and every day. 

Take a 3 minute time out to learn how to protect your microscopic superheroes 

-- and your good health.

 Watch The Game Now


Celiac disease is a life-long illness caused by a reaction to ingested gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and commercial-grade oats. Commonly found in most baked goods, gluten gives that much loved chewy texture to bread.

When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, proteins cause damage to the small finger-like protrusions, or villi, lining the small intestine (see illustration below). This is a problem because the small intestine plays an integral role in absorbing important nutrients which fuel our bodies and keep us healthy and strong.   

For those who have celiac disease, getting an early diagnosis is critical. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should see your doctor:Celiac Normal > Damaged

  • diarrhea/constipation                 
  • oily, fatty or frothy stools
  • inability to gain weight
  • bloating
  • abdominal pain
  • family history of celiac

Your physician will likely discuss your symptoms and request a blood test. In order for tests to properly detect the disease, you must have gluten in your body so it is important that you do NOT stop eating foods containing gluten until after you have been tested. While blood tests are highly sensitive, an endoscopy is usually done to confirm the diagnosis and assess what damage may have already been done. 


If you do have celiac disease, one complication to be particularly mindful of is the possibility of loss of bone mass, which may increase the risk of osteoporosis. It's a good idea to book regular screening tests to ensure your bones stay healthy and strong. 


The good news is that not many people have celiac disease -- about 110,000 are diagnosed -- and those that do have it do not require medication or surgery.  Treatment requires a commitment to completely removing gluten from your diet for life. This can be challenging but it's getting easier.  Many restaurants now offer gluten-free items on their menus and selection of gluten-free foods in grocery stores has grown so much that many now have dedicated shelf space. 


To better understand your risks and life after gluten, read 

CDHF's Guide to Understanding Celiac Disease


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