Good day to you.  Today I’m honored to guest blog on the subject of celiac disease awareness and education by invitation of Ms. Gillian Stephen; thank you.  Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet are an often confused diagnosis and diet.  Recently, the gluten-free diet has been touted as a weight-loss diet by many major media commercial markets.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, as many gluten-free foods have twice the carbohydrates and sugars as their glutenous counterpart products.  What does all of this mean for you, dear reader?

In spite of the hype of the gluten-free diet, you may still have celiac disease and be undiagnosed with this hereditary disease.  Celiac disease is quite prevalent in the USA.  It’s generally agreed 1 in 133 American citizens have this disease.  It’s also agreed 97% of our citizens are not diagnosed with celiac disease.  Why?  Symptoms of celiac disease are often confused as being symptoms of other diseases or complications, causing misdiagnosis.  The average timeframe for an American citizen to be diagnosed with celiac disease is ten years. The confusion in the lack of diagnosis of celiac disease lies in two areas I feel.  One, celiac disease symptoms are vague enough to be as a result of any number of maladies and are not experienced by all who suffer.  Two, Doctors are not educated enough on celiac disease symptoms to provide an accurate analysis or diagnosis.  What does this all mean to you, dear reader?  You need to educate yourself and ask your Doctor questions in regard to your personal symptoms as those questions may result in the diagnosis of celiac disease for you.

Please read more of my celiac educational blog via Fitnessbuster.  Gillian’s blog focuses on health and nutrition as a way of life in order to lose weight as an end result.  I’m honored she’s provided me a great guest platform for celiac awareness on her blog.  I hope you enjoy more of her blogposts once you link to her site.

Research, educate, and advocate all celiac and gluten-free.

Peace be with you.