March 30, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the medical center’s first floor conference room. The program will provide information on living with celiac disease.

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. 

At the upcoming meeting, dietetic intern Laura Hill will discuss the increasing availability of gluten-free food products for those affected by celiac disease. Hill will also share information she gathered while attending a conference at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, one of the nation’s leading centers for research and treatment of celiac disease.

To find out more about celiac disease or the Maury Regional Celiac Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.