Members of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Delaware Valley meet monthly to hear knowledgeable speakers, discuss topical information and share personal stories. Our group began in 1989 and was affiliated with Celiac Sprue Association until May 2018 when we voted to join The Gluten Intolerance Group. We invite you to visit us or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.
Celiac Disease (CD) (also called non-tropical sprue, celiac sprue, gluten sensitivity enteropathy, gluten intolerance or mal-absorption syndrome) is a chronic digestive disorder affecting genetically susceptible individuals in which the surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten containing grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley. Malt is also to be avoided as it is usually made from one of the gluten containing grains. Triticale, spelt, and kamut contain gluten as well.
Celiac Disease vs Gluten Sensitivity vs Gluten Intolerance:
Oats appear to be suitable for some people with celiac disease, but not all. Thus oats are not yet a risk free choice for all people with celiac disease. If choosing to include oats, limit risk by choosing specially handled, uncontaminated oats and consuming no more than 50 g/day. Most physicians advise people, newly diagnosed with celiac disease, to wait until their health is restored before ingesting oats. Waiting one year to introduce uncontaminated oats in the diet is commonly suggested to increase a successful introduction.
The symptoms of CD are as varied as the nutritional deficiencies caused by the lack of absorption of nutrients. The most common symptoms are: chronic diarrhea, constipation, pale and bulky stools, abdominal cramping, intestinal gas, distention and bloating, anemia, fatigue, weakness, neuropathy, lack of energy, weight loss, depression and irritability.
A related skin condition known as dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) can also occur. DH causes intense itchy, blistering outbreaks, usually on the elbows, knees and feet. CD and DH are so closely linked, that 80% of DH patients have the same bowel sensitivity to gluten as CD patients. For further information, send an email to one of the addresses on the "Contact" page.
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Monthly meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. (except July & August, as noted below) at:
NEW LOCATION ! ! ! Starting March 5, 2017, we will be meeting at:
VIRTUA Center for Health and Wellness Conference Rooms 155A and 155B 401 Young Avenue Moorestown, NJ 08057 (directly across from Wegman's, Target and COSTCO)
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