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June 26, 2008

MRH OFFERS SUPPORT GROUP FOR THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Hospital Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 8, at 5:00 p.m. This free program will be held in the first floor conference room of the hospital. 

Thomas Cobb, exercise physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Maury Regional Hospital, will be the guest speaker and will discuss the importance of exercise to those with celiac disease. Exercise is another prescription to strengthening bones in the prevention and treatment for people with celiac disease who may be at risk for osteoporosis. Among the possible complications of untreated celiac disease are the inability to develop optimal bone mass in children and the loss of bone in adults, both of which increase the risk of osteoporosis.

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.

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

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