March 23, 2009
MAURY REGIONAL OFFERS SUPPORT TO THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE
COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. During this seminar, Dr. Srikar S. Reddy, a specialist in gastroenterology, will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease and will have a question and answer segment. This free program will be held in the first floor conference room of the medical center.
According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one of every 133 people in America live with celiac disease, a digestive disease triggered by the protein gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. When people with celiac disease eat foods with gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine.
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.
To find out more about celiac disease or the Maury Regional Gluten Free Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.