Photo: First Meeting
Tami Logan (standing) speaks during the first meeting of a Celiac Sprue and Food Allergy Support Group at Del E. Webb Wellness Center Wednesday. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Wellness Center. Celiac disease, or celiac sprue, is a genetically-linked disease with an environmental trigger. When people with CD eat certain types of protein fractions, called gluten, it triggers an autoimmune response which damages the small intestine. Approximately one in 133 people have CD, but it is estimated that only 3 percent of these have been diagnosed. Symptoms of CD and food allergies/intolerances include abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, depression, dehydration and nutritional deficiencies. For more information on the support group, call Tami at (928) 303-1329 or (928) 681-8601.