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Stressed Out: The Link Between Anxiety and Celiac Disease

Whether anxiety is more common in people with celiac disease than in the general population has been the subject of several recent studies. Many of these studies have reached differing conclusions, in part due to different comparison populations, says Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, a celiac expert at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York.
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A Mother-Daughter Day

The educational trip for my daughter ended up being eye-opening for me. What did I learn? That celiac disease is a family affair. At just ten years old, my daughter is already celiac-smart. She’s developed an awareness and sensitivity to special-diet issues without my consciously instilling that. And glutening doesn’t just affect me, the person with celiac disease; my daughter felt it, too.

Super-Sensitive Celiacs

Recent research has shown there’s a sizable group of people with celiac disease who have persistent intestinal damage despite following a gluten-free diet. Roughly 20 percent of kids and 30 to 40 percent of adults have ongoing intestinal damage, whether or not they report symptoms. Of these, just 1 percent have true refractory celiac disease, a serious condition marked by immune cells that are always turned on, regardless of gluten exposure. The rest are so-called non-responders. Many of these are probably unknowingly exposed to gluten cross-contamination on a regular basis. Others, like Perry, may be extremely sensitive to trace gluten.

Diagnosis: Celiac

Despite advances in screening, the intestinal biopsy remains the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease. Here’s why.

The Myers Way Diet: One Editor’s Experience in Trying It Out

Gluten Free & More Health Editor Christine Boyd, after interviewing physician and author Amy Myers, M.D., reports on her own four-week trial run on “The Myers Way Diet.” Here's how it went for her.

A Good Night’s Sleep

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 35 percent of adults aren’t getting the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep is associated with the development of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.

Heart Health

Five years ago, Randy Humphries got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and quickly realized he couldn’t walk. His left side was weak and his face numb. His wife rushed him to the hospital where doctors began emergency treatment for stroke. Not long after the stroke, however, his doctors discovered he was anemic. Further tests revealed he had celiac disease and then, to Humphries’ surprise, his gastroenterologist hinted at a possible connection between celiac disease and stroke.

Got GERD?

Before she was diagnosed with celiac disease, Erica Dermer, managing editor of Gluten Free & More, suffered from frequent heartburn, gastric reflux and nausea. To tame the caustic heartburn and reflux, she was prescribed powerful proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) but her symptoms didn’t fully resolve. At 25, she was concerned about taking GERD medication long-term, particularly with so little improvement to show for it. Pushing for answers, she finally discovered she had celiac disease and gastroparesis (sluggish digestion).

Research Roundup: Celiacs in College, Probiotic Impact on Gut Biome, & More!

According to a survey conducted by the New England Celiac Organization (NECO), almost half of college students with celiac disease say that eating gluten-free on campus is a problem. Students reported gluten cross-contamination in campus cafeterias, difficulty socializing due to embarrassment related to food and challenges advocating for themselves with untrained food staff. Thirty percent of those surveyed said they found “no solution” to their dietary restrictions on campus. Sixty percent were unlikely to recommend their university to others with celiac disease.

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You may never love to exercise. But exercise can enhance everything else you love to do. These 7 tips can help you establish a workout habit.

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