March 28, 2012

Maury Regional offers support to those with celiac disease

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Celiac Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the medical center’s First Floor Conference Room to discuss resources available to follow a gluten-free diet.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one of every 133 people in America live with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.


The cornerstone of treatment is a gluten-free diet in which all foods that contain wheat, rye and barley are avoided. These foods include most grains, pasta, cereal and many processed foods. When gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will start to heal and overall health improves. 

“We encourage those affected by celiac disease to join us on April 12 to learn more about this disease, the importance of fiber in our diets and ways to find and prepare foods that are healthy, tasty and gluten-free,” said MRMC Chief Clinical Dietitian Cindy Dugger.

The Celiac Support Group meets quarterly at Maury Regional Medical Center. To find out more about celiac disease or the Maury Regional Celiac Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.