January 7, 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, January 10, at 5 p.m. in the medical center’s Auxiliary Conference Room to discuss “Planning for a Healthy New Year.”

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. 

“The start of a new year is a particularly good time to evaluate our eating and meal preparation habits,” said MRMC Chief Clinical Dietitian Cindy Dugger. “We encourage those affected by celiac disease to join us on January 10 to learn more about ways to find and prepare foods that can be enjoyed during the new year.”

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