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Empowering Gluten-Free Living: Insight, Resources & Tools from Celiac Canada

Delve into the world of gluten-free living with Celiac Canada

Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, affects a significant number of people in Canada. Shockingly, studies indicate that approximately 85% of individuals with celiac disease in Canada remain undiagnosed, posing a major public health concern.

The reasons behind the high rate of undiagnosed cases can be attributed to various factors. Firstly, celiac disease presents a wide range of symptoms that can be easily mistaken for other digestive disorders or overlooked altogether. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, and unexplained weight loss are often attributed to less severe conditions, leading to a delayed or missed diagnosis.

Moreover, lack of awareness and understanding among both the general public and healthcare professionals contributes to the underdiagnosis of celiac disease. Many individuals and even some medical practitioners are unaware of the prevalence and diverse manifestations of the condition, resulting in missed opportunities for early detection and intervention.

Addressing the issue of undiagnosed celiac disease requires concerted efforts from healthcare professionals, public health organizations, and the general population. Raising awareness about the disease, its symptoms, and the importance of timely diagnosis is crucial. Furthermore, healthcare providers should be encouraged to include celiac disease in their differential diagnosis when evaluating patients with compatible symptoms, regardless of age.

By improving education, enhancing diagnostic tools, and promoting early detection, it is possible to reduce the proportion of undiagnosed cases and ensure that individuals with celiac disease in Canada receive the necessary medical support and dietary guidance for improved quality of life.

Celiac Canada (CCA) is the only national charity dedicated to celiac disease. Find, treat, cure. Since 1973, we have championed education, research, advocacy, and support to improve diagnosis and management so people can be safe and thrive.

The Newly Diagnosed Program provides all you need to know about managing celiac disease. Recipes, tips, education, research and more.

Growing Up Celiac provides resources for young children. From teaching them what they can and can’t eat, to self-advocating and reading labels to managing celiac disease as a teenager.

We are dedicated to supporting the celiac community. Our team of expert volunteers take calls and our active and passionate Facebook Support Group platforms peer-to-peer conversations.

CCA is a source for and funder of newly published research to improve life with Celiac Disease, and has recently joined forces with parliamentarians to create a celiac caucus to fight for better diagnosis, tax equality, food security and medical guidelines.

Learn more about Celiac Disease at celiac.ca.

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