8 Truths About Celiac Disease That Everyone Should Know

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Celiac Disease Does Permanent Damage

A few weeks ago I posted about the Celiac Disease Foundation. I read a recent update from them that research showed that the damage to the gut is irreversible. That is disheartening but it is not decreasing my resolve to get as healthy as I can be. I have learned a lot during my journey down the road of Celiac Disease.

It is not a fun road, It has a lot of bumps and pot holes. I am amazed at how much food has changed since I have been on this journey. You can read some of my gluten free posts by looking in my topic drop down menu on the side bar.  An example is a review I did on gluten free bread choices here

8 Facts About Celiac Disease

  • Someone with Celiac can get sick from cross contamination.
  • You can’t just pick the croutons off the salad and be fine
  • Using a toaster to cook gluten free bread that others cook regular bread in defeats the purpose. You will be cross contaminating your toast.
  • A miniscule amount of gluten is all it takes to make someone sick for days.
  • It takes at minimum a month to repair the damage that was done inside the gut.
  • Avoiding gluten means avoiding more than just wheat. It is in Barley, some oats and many ingredients in food.
  • Damage from Celiac Disease can not be undone. It causes permanent damage inside the intestines.
  • Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease

More Facts About Celiac Disease

  • There is a genetic predisposition to celiac disease.
  • Gluten causes permanent damage to the patients immune system by doing damage to the intestinal lining.


In Conclusion


Okay Okay I know that was more than 8. I could have gone on for a lot longer. There is so much to understand when dealing with Celiac Disease. Gluten free living is not a fad diet choice for us but a medically necessary requirement. You can read more in depth about the permanent tissue damage here.

How you can make a difference

I am doing a fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Foundation. You can go here to view more about why I believe it is important .

May is celiac disease awareness month. I have committed to raising 150 by May 17th for Celiac Disease Foundation. If you would like to donate you can click here

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  1. Thanks for sharing about this disease. I know at least one person who has it, so he has to be very careful what he eats. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #porchstories.

  2. I have Celiac disease & sadly it has caused other autoimmune conditions.
    I learnt something new here today I wasn’t aware the damage to the intestines was permanent.

    You’re very welcome to drop by for a cuppa, I always have gf treats handy, 😉

    1. I will gladly drop by your blog for a cuppa. I have struggled with Celiac disease for years. I am amazed that there is still so little understanding. Even by some medical professionals. I had surgery and in the hospital last year and could not believe the trouble I had making sure my food was safe for me to eat.

      1. I’m saddened to hear that, they are pretty good with food allergies here in Australia medically.

        I do have problems when I go out to cafés though unless it’s a totally gluten free Cafe I would prefer to take my own.
        I’ve found even having a simple cuppa in a café can be problematic as over spray from cappuccino chocolate dusting at the cuppa stations can contaminate :-/

  3. I also have coeliac disease. It’s a huge learning curve, isn’t it? It’s not so bad if I am just eating at home, that’s more manageable, but if I’m eating out, either at a restaurant or someone’s house, it becomes quite an issue.

  4. Your list of facts is very helpful. I’ve seen many posts by people who do not have celiac but are on gluten-free diets complaining about restaurants not accommodating them. But a person with celiac disease really cannot eat in restaurants. Unless the restaurant is totally gluten-free, there will be cross-contamination, no matter what. A previous commenter mentioned eating at someone’s house being an issue. I would tell her, do not eat at anyone’s house; there WILL be cross-contamination despite the host’s best efforts. Take your own food wherever you go. #TrafficJam

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