It’s nice to see celiac disease receiving more media attention, both to bring awareness to those diagnosed with it and to bring greater awareness to those who haven’t been diagnosed yet or those who may have a family member, friend or co-worker with a gluten sensitivity of any kind.
This video features Dr. John Snyder, who specializes in celiac disease, an editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine and a patient who is living with celiac disease.
I like how the doctor discusses the potential wide range of symptoms of celiac disease, and how this wide range of symptoms can sometimes cause doctors to overlook celiac disease as the root cause. Understanding this is important for both doctors and patients as this can be a complicated condition to diagnose. Read more about this at: Celiac Disease Symptoms Often Go Undiagnosed.
Both of the women on this video suffered with undiagnosed celiac disease for several years. They touch on how difficult this can be for a variety of reasons. They also discuss how quality of life can dramatically improve once a patient goes on a gluten-free diet. It think this is especially important to note because many people can be depressed or reluctant about this lifestyle change.
They talk about how you need to look for gluten hidden in things like medications and even makeup. Wearing gluten-free lipstick in particular is important because it can be easy to ingest some of it unintentionally. Luckily there are more companies making gluten-free products of all kinds, not just foods.
They discuss the wide variety of gluten-free foods available now, where you can find them and more importantly where to find better deals on them. They also discuss why, unfortunately, gluten-free foods are more expensive.
The doctor recommends when to consider testing for celiac disease, and they also discuss the testing process. The issue of heredity is discussed and why people who don’t have symptoms may even want to be tested. He also touches on the psychological aspects of celiac disease.
I like this video because it talks about the positive aspects of a proper diagnosis and what a relief it can be to finally know what is causing your symptoms and to know how to effectively treat them with a gluten-free diet.