National Celiac Disease Awareness Day – September 13, 2019

Thu Sep 12

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, every September 13, is a good time to examine this little-known disease that affects about 3 million Americans. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder in which  a person who suffers from this affliction can’t consume gluten,  a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.  The afflicted person’s immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients. Left undiagnosed or untreated, celiac disease can lead to other disorders, including cancer, osteoporosis and infertility. This year, on National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, learn a little more and share what you learn.

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day timeline

​1952

​Researchers celebrate a breakthrough

Scientists in Birmingham, England, link celiac disease with gluten for the first time.

​1908

Celiac and children

​​American physician, Christian Herter, publishes a book on children afflicted with what he dubs "intestinal infantilism."

​AD 100

​Celiac disease is diagnosed

Greek physician, Aretaeus, gives one of the first descriptions of celiac disease, which the doctor calls," koiliakos," an abdominal infection.

How to Observe National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

  1. Try a gluten-free diet

    Some people — unaware of their own sensitivity to gluten — find that they feel much better when they stop eating foods containing the protein. As more information comes out about celiac disease, more people will make life-changing decisions to lead gluten-free lives.

  2. Learn where gluten hides

    Foods like soups, salad dressings and soy sauce can unexpectedly contain gluten. If you're eating out, don't be afraid to ask if a food contains gluten.

  3. Reading food labels

    This is always good advice, whether you're suffering from celiac disease or not. One of the best ways to monitor our health is to monitor what we put in our bodies.

5 Life-saving Facts To Know About Celiac Disease

  1. ​Who gets it?

    Celiac disease is more common in Caucasians, women, people with Down syndrome, and patients with type 1 diabetes.

  2. ​Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are different

    ​People with gluten sensitivity may experience bloating and diarrhea — but only people with celiac disease have compromised immune systems as a result of this disease.

  3. ​The numbers are rising

    The number of Americans with celiac disease is increasing — possibly due to increased awareness and better diagnostic techniques.

  4. ​Childhood symptoms

    ​Digestive symptoms are more common in infants and children. These include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.

  5. ​Adult symptoms

    ​The list is fairly long: watch for (among other symptoms) unexplained iron-deficiency anemia, fatigue, bone or joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss), liver disorders and depression.

Why National Celiac Disease Day is Important

  1. It helps researchers follow and record undiagnosed cases

    The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center estimates that about 97 percent of celiac cases go undiagnosed in the U.S., leaving many people to suffer needlessly.

  2. It leads to questions — and hopefully, answers

    It's the perfect time to ask questions about our overall health, especially since so many people are unaware that celiac disease can affect parts of the body that seem unrelated to the digestive system (e.g., skin rash, joint pain).

  3. It may affect you or someone you know

    Celiac disease reportedly affects one percent of all Americans, so this observance can help spread valuable information. Spread the word!

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day dates
YearDateDay
2019September 13Friday
2020September 13Sunday
2021September 13Monday
2022September 13Tuesday
2023September 13Wednesday