Friday, August 6, 2010

The Friday Five

At last week's Clan Gathering, I learned my niece has Celiac disease. Five things I learned:

1. It's not a food allergy. It's an autoimmune disorder. The lining of the small intestine is damaged by gluten found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley

2. The niece will be a college sophomore. I was surprised to learn onset of this disorder can occur any time. I wondered why the condition hadn't been caught when she was much younger.

3.  It's genetic. I'll have to warn my girlies.

4. There is no cure, but the disease can be controlled by diet. One has to  thoroughly read food labels for hidden gluten, but there are a lot of gluten free products on the market.

5. Chocolate cupcakes were served at the Gathering. If I hadn't been told they were gluten free, I never would have known. They were made from a Betty Crocker mix and were delicious.

You can learn more about the disease at the Mayo Clinic site. Do you know anyone who has this disorder?


  1. Yes, my neighbor's nanny. I have been seeing a lot of "gluten free" mixes for pancakes and muffins, etc. lately. It must be being diagnosed more.

  2. I don't know anyone who has this disease, but I've heard of it. :( for your niece, but very good news that there are more options out there for folks with this condition.