Celiac disease (CeD) is a serious autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye. CeD causes symptoms like abdomen pain, diarrhea, and bloating. CeD affects approximately 1 in 133 Americans, but it’s estimated that over 80% of those with celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

September 13 has been dubbed National Celiac Disease Awareness Day to help bring awareness to celiac disease. The focus of the day is to make Americans more informed and aware when it comes to celiac disease.

What’s significant about September 13th? Pediatrician Samuel Gee was the first to recognize that the symptoms of celiac disease are related to diet. He published the first complete clinical description of celiac disease in 1888.  September 13th is Gee’s birthday! What better day to choose to focus on bringing awareness to this disease?

Everyone is encouraged to participate in events to help celebrate the day and bring awareness to celiac disease. Awareness events will be happening across the country on September 13. You can get involved in a number of ways! Host a gluten-free dinner party, or attend one! Even just talking to someone about celiac disease can help spread awareness.

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Research studies are another way to bring hope to those struggling with CeD symptoms. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, local studies for potential new treatment options are enrolling now. Those that qualify have access to potential new CeD treatments and are cared for by board-certified physicians. Qualified participants may also be compensated for time and travel expenses. Learn more about this opportunity by clicking HERE.