December 29, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, January 11, at 5:00 p.m. in the medical center’s private dining room two on the ground floor. The program will provide information on living with celiac disease, including a presentation by dietetic intern Laura Hill who recently visited a renowned celiac disease research center.

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, Hill will 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. The support group will also discuss gluten-free foods and recipes.

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