April 2, 2013

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 11, at 5 p.m. in the medical center’s First Floor Conference Room. Diane Coggin of the Giles County Health Department will discuss “Increasing Fiber in the 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 and anyone interested in learning more about celiac to join us on April 11 to hear Diane. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about ways to improve your diet,” said MRMC Chief Clinical Dietitian Cindy Dugger.

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