Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The Celiac Center at BIDMC is helping provide gluten-free food to food banks in the affected areas. We are working closely with our colleagues at the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment/Mass General, National Celiac Association, Gluten Free Fun, Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California and the Gluten Free Foodbank.
Support people with celiac disease and food allergies in getting access to safe food
This website focuses on the nutrition and medical management of celiac disease.
It is designed for people with celiac disease who:
- May not have access to celiac clinicians and specialized nutrition care.
- May want to share the site with their own clinician.
- Want to read more about nutrition and the gluten free diet from an introductory to a more advanced level.
- Do you have non celiac gluten sensitivity? People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity who may or may not choose to follow the gluten-free diet strictly will also find much useful information here. Click here for more information on how this website relates to your condition.
When you are first diagnosed with celiac disease, the thought of changing your diet and lifestyle, sometimes to a great extent, can be overwhelming.
Or, like so many who have had celiac disease for years, you may wonder if you are paying enough attention to your health - are you doing as well as you could be?
We built CeliacNow to help you feel more comfortable and empowered about your health.
Celiac disease is one of the most common autoimmune disorders in the world. It affects as many as one in every 100 people. The number of celiac disease diagnoses is only expected to grow as doctors and the public learn more about it.
The world of celiac disease is ever-changing. And education is a powerful tool.
- To offer you easy access to concise, correct information about celiac disease, nutrition, and the gluten-free diet. Armed with this information, you can play an active role in your care, manage your disease with success, and improve your health and quality of life.
- To offer you some of the same information and resources about celiac disease that you would gain after visiting a skilled registered dietitian
- To add new topics and update existing information on a regular basis. We started with nutrition information and added medical information in 2013.
Each web page is written by the expert clinicians of the Celiac Center and our colleagues. Each web page is then reviewed by an expert celiac gastroenterologist and celiac dietitian. Authors' and editors' names, along with revision dates, can be found at the bottom of each page.
When possible, the information comes from nutrition or medical evidence-based analysis. In its absence, we use clinical experience or expert clinical opinion to support the information.
Each topic on the site is divided into 3 levels to appeal to different readers.
Level I: A brief introduction to the topic. It is meant for the reader looking for a basic outline of the topic. Level I links to further information in Levels 2 and 3 which we encourage you to visit.
Level 2: Further detail on Level I and additional information on the topic at a deeper level.
Level 3: More complex information on the topic. There will be some overlap between Level 2 and Level 3. Some topics do not need a Level 3.
Not all information from level 1 is included in levels 2 and 3. We encourage people to start with level 1 in most cases even if it is to skim the page.
We've included Key Points, Take Home Messages, graphics, handouts, and short quizzes to test your knowledge. You will find charts, articles, resources, a glossary of terms, and many links to reputable websites across the country.
Our logo shows the villi (lining) of the small intestine growing taller (from left to right) as they heal on the gluten-free diet. Villi exposed to gluten are shortened or flattened in undiagnosed celiac disease. As they respond to the gluten-free diet, they begin to recover, becoming taller and better able to absorb food once again.
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