Support Group - Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020 at 7:00pm

Valley Diagnostic Imaging Services Medical Arts Center
4033 Talbot Rd S
Renton, WA 98055

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Celiac Disease (CD) is the result of an immune system response to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

When people with CD ingest gluten, this auto-immune response causes damage to the small intestine, reducing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, leading to many of the most common symptoms of CD.

If left untreated, CD can have serious long term health consequences.

What’s sometimes viewed as “bad” news (often for the newly diagnosed) is that it MUST be treated by diet. The only known treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. Although a gluten-free diet may seem restrictive at first, you can still enjoy a wide range of delicious foods, and in time, it will seem second nature.

There is a wealth of good information available to help people live a healthy and satisfying gluten-free life. The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a non-profit organization that provides an extensive range of educational information on numerous aspects of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, including how to eat safely in restaurants, what to do about gluten in medications, and how to use gluten-free grains.

Getting involved with a support group can be very helpful in terms of learning about local gluten-free resources (grocery stores, products, restaurants), as well as for sharing stories and getting support, especially during the early stages of learning about the gluten-free diet.

The room location in the Medical Arts Center changes from time to time.

For the room assignment or more information contact Lynn Jameson at Southseattlegfgroup@yahoo.com or 425 228 4088.

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