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Celiac disease group meets Dec. 16

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center's Celiac Disease & Food Allergy Support Group meets for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Del Webb Wellness Center conference room.

Celiac disease, sometimes referred to as celiac sprue, is a genetically linked disease with an environmental trigger. In people with CD, eating certain types of protein fractions, commonly called gluten, set off an autoimmune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, in turn, causes the small intestine to lose the ability to absorb the nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications. The offending protein, gluten, is found in wheat, barley, rye, and to a lesser extent, oats. Approximately one in 133 people have CD, however, only about 3 percent of these have been diagnosed.

Common symptoms include: Abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, depression, dehydration, and nutritional deficiencies.

For more information, contact Tamara Logan at (928) 681-8601

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