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. The site is devoted to teaching the nutritional and medical management of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet!
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 will start with nutrition information and begin to add 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.
Visit the Table of Contents to review the list of topics.
- Choose a topic of interest and click on it.
- Click on the links at the bottom of the page to follow the topic to a higher or lower level.
- Click on the links at the bottom of the page to move on to the next topic or return to the Table of Contents to choose your own.
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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.
This site is UPDATED REGULARLY with expanded and revised information.
For those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS):
This site focuses on nutrition for celiac disease and how to follow a gluten-free diet very carefully. People with non-celiac gluten sensitivity who may or may not 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.
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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