Celiac disease is a medical condition which impacts the ability of the body to absorb nutrients: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.
At present there is no cure, but celiac disease is readily treated by following a gluten-free diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale and barley.
Although statistics are not readily available, it is estimated that one in 133 persons in Canada are affected by celiac disease. It affects people of all ages and more are being diagnosed daily, including those of us in the Yukon.
As part of increasing awareness of this disease, information packages prepared by the Canadian Celiac Association are being distributed to Yukon health practitioners in both private practice and those employed by health-care agencies, schools, restaurants and dental clinics.
The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten, and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. It is an excellent source of information for individuals who need to eat gluten free.
I am pleased to inform Yukoners that a CCA support group has just been established in Whitehorse thanks to Barb Geroux, a new resident.
Please come to the first meeting on June 5, 2014 at the Whitehorse Public Library. Drop-in between 6:00 and 7:45 p.m. For further information contact me at 668-2863.