If you have celiac disease, you might suffer from digestive problems such as stomach pain or diarrhea, or you could have fatigue,th depression or even an itchy skin rash.

     And these are just a few in a range of possible celiac disease symptoms, which can vary widely from person to person.

     Celiac disease is a serious digestive disorder: When celiac sufferers consume gluten – a protein in wheat and related grains – it triggers an immune response that damages the lining of their small intestine. This damage eventually prevents their intestines from absorbing nutrients in food. Celiac disease can begin at any age.

     Other celiac symptoms can include anemia, infertility, lactose intolerance, bruising, hair loss, tingling in hands or feet and more. Children with celiac are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and vomiting than adults are. (Click here for a more complete list of symptoms.)

     There is no cure for celiac disease. But the good news is that a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet – avoiding all wheat, rye and barley – can eliminate symptoms and heal the small intestine.

     Celiac is a common disease: Today in the U.S., about 1 in 133 people have celiac. Because it’s known to run in families, it’s even more common – 1 in 22 – for people who have a parent, sibling or child who has been diagnosed with celiac. Diagnoses are made through blood tests and biopsies of the small intestine.

      Living gluten-free can be a daily challenge; not only is gluten in so many of the foods we eat – baked goods, pasta and cereals, for example – but it can be hidden in medicines, lip balms, vitamins and more. Gluten-free consumers have to read labels carefully to check for hidden sources of gluten. Even trace amounts of gluten may trigger symptoms.

     Uncle Wally’s and Pillsbury have joined forces to bake a product that makes life easier (and tastier) for people living gluten free: Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Muffins. They are delicious and are certified gluten-free by the highly respected Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO). You can click here to read about the rigorous procedures we follow before, during and after baking to ensure a gluten-free muffin.

 

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health

 

Pillsbury™ Gluten Free Muffins have a taste and texture that can proudly stand among the best home-style muffins on the market today. They are available in Blueberry and Chocolate Chip, with more flavors to come. They are currently being sold at Wegmans Food Markets, Ingles Markets, ShopRite Supermarkets and Giant Eagle Stores. Pillsbury Gluten Free Muffins can be found in grocers’ all-natural freezer case.