This special Three Things is brought to you on Friday (the thirteenth, eek!) to celebrate Celiac Awareness Day. I hope everyone is rocking their green today - I know I am.
1. It seems fitting to end National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week with Celiac Awareness Day, because that jerk celiac can be pretty tricky to catch. So tricky, in fact, it's estimated that more than 80 percent of people with celiac haven't been diagnosed yet.With a list of symptoms ranging from digestive to neurological and back again, celiac is hard to pinpoint because there is no such thing as a textbook case.
2. I've said it before, and I'll say it again and again and again: THERE IS NO CURE FOR CELIAC DISEASE. Nope. Not one. The only treatment is a life-long gluten-free diet. But I'm sure you already knew that. So if you're a celiac, and anyone is trying to peddle you pills that will allow you to mow down Pizza Hut again, just keep walking.
3. It can take years for your body to heal once you take gluten out of your diet, and it's not unusual for us wacky celiackies to have nutritional deficiencies up the wazoo. Which is why it's incredibly important to have a healthy, varied diet and take supplements if you need to.
Feel like making a donation to help research a cure? Visit University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness or the Celiac Disease Foundation.