Can You Develop Celiac Disease As You Grow Older?

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Being that it’s nearing Father’s Day, let me just share something that is about my old man that might also be relevant to other fathers out there, as well. My dad, now in his 60s, had a check up with his doctor, and came home with a whole new diet plan. Not so unusual, he had to cut out fatty, salty food and watch his calorie intake to keep his heart’s health in check. But along with the food that he was advised to stay away from were those containing gluten. He’s never had symptoms of adverse reaction to gluten and so I had to take a second look at his not-to-eat list as. I had to wonder, can celiac disease develop later in life?

Celiac disease is an inherited case of autoimmune disorder where gluten, a protein found in some food like wheat, barley and rye, adversely affects a person’s digestive process. Some symptoms that can occur are skin conditions like eczema, digestive conditions like bloating, constipation, pain and diarrhea, even others seemingly unrelated to digestion, like fatigue, migraines and severe ones like seizures. Though in the US, according to an article published in celiac.org, only 1 out of a 100 people actually have this condition.

However, if you do not have the condition today, does that mean you are forever in the clear? According to a research published in 2010 in the Annals of Medicine, we have reason to believe that that might not be the case.

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One of the research’s goal was to investigate if there would be any changes in prevalence of celiac disease in people over time. The research involved studying matching blood samples taken from 3,511 participants  in 1974 and then again in 1989, 15 years after. Among the subjects, the prevalence ratio rose from 1 : 501 to 1 : 219 before and after. In other words, the prevalence increased 2-fold in the test subjects over this time. The study concludes that this is due to test subjects’ loss of immunological tolerance towards adulthood.

However, adopting a new lifestyle that involves cutting anything out of your diet should be studied closely. It is always a smart thing to consult a doctor before going on a gluten-free diet.

And so my dad, not actually confirmed yet to have celiac disease still has to check his symptoms and have regular check ups with his doctor, to see if his well being will improve after following a gluten-free diet.

And just to be on the safe side, it would be best now  to look for gluten-free food to support this new diet. 

Morgan – Team GERALD.ph

References:

Klein, S. (2014, February 12). 9 Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-Free – Celiac Disease Foundation. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from https://celiac.org/blog/2014/02/9-things-you-should-know-before-going-gluten-free/

Catassi, C. (2010, October). Natural history of celiac disease autoimmunity in a USA cohort followed since 1974. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20868314

Wheeler, R. (n.d.). Celiac Later in Life: Can You Become Gluten Intolerant? Retrieved June 16, 2016, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/developing-celiac-later-life-can-you-become-gluten-intolerant/

 

 

Gluten-Free Products Now More Available Than Ever

For the Gluten intolerant, it’s quite a sad moment to find out that typical food items we know and love, we have to give up due to gluten-free sensitivity. Quite a number of breads, pastas, desserts as we know them, contain gluten. But how refreshing would it be if we could still manage to have these delights but  don’t even have to bother with the question “What is gluten-free?”.

Would you love it if you can can have gluten-free desserts, gluten-free snacks easily and conveniently?

GERALD.ph online grocery home delivery, provides the convenience of grocery shopping all done online. They provide you with a selection of gluten-free items that you can have sent to your home. Let’s have a look at some items you can readily add to your go-to shopping list for following your gluten-free diet.

Gluten-free Plain flour and other Gluten-Free Dessert Mixes

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We know that flour is the most infamous source of gluten. But with this gluten-free variety, preparing your personalized pastry and other baked products such as gluten-free pie crust, gluten-free pizza dough, gluten- free crackers, or even gluten-free tortilla  is easy.  You can also find some other delights like variety of cake and dessert mixes.

Trivia: Did You Know?

Technically speaking, there is no such thing as gluten-free oats, much more gluten-free oatmeal? Well, because oat and oat products are all gluten-free! The only reason why we are being careful with oats is because of the potential “contamination” of gluten sources during its processing. [1]

Gluten-Free Jams and Preserves

Perfect to pair with your gluten-free crackers. This gluten-free strawberry preserves can also serve as a guiltless topping or filling to your dessert goodies and pastries.

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Gluten-Free Ice Cream

Ice creams should be gluten-free, generally speaking. However, certain ice cream products may have some gluten depending on the flavor or other ingredients used. Some brands may also use some extenders that may contain gluten.  So, if you want to be more careful with the usual products around, GERALD.ph would make a perfect option for you in different flavors that you love. Find great variety of ice cream flavors that are all natural and are guaranteed gluten-free.

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Gluten Free Pasta

How can you run out of recipes when you have easy-to-cook pastas on hand ? Find a selection of pastas for your dishes, and whip up your favorites, simply substituting your usual wheat pasta, with the gluten-free alternative.

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Going gluten-free should not be such a hassle. There is now  a wide variety of products for you to choose from, that you can share even with non gluten-free sensitive family and friends. Try some and let us know what you think in the comments!

Source:

  1. “QUAKER® GLUTEN FREE FAQs.” quakeroats.com. n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.