I have lived with Celiac disease for many years since  I got diagnosed back in 1997.  I often get asked what is Celiac disease?  Well there has been a lot of research into the disease. 

Celiac disease is a permanent intolerance to gluten, a protein found in various wheat, rye, barley and triticale. Gluten consumption causes damage to the absorptive surface of the small intestine and can result in malnutrition, anemia, and increased risk of other auto immune diseases and various abdominal cancers. 
Celiac disease is a genetic disease and is inherited in first degree relatives.  Celiac disease can affect 1:100-200 people with this number growing every year.   Increased awareness and proper testing has resulted in earlier and more accurate diagnosis for people suffering from symptoms of the disease.
Since I had moved to Leduc in 2006 I have noticed many stores and restaurants that have started to offer a  gluten free alternative.  However I also noticed that there was a great need for a Celiac support group here in Leduc.   I have been working with the Edmonton Celiac Association to make this group happen.  I would like to help support all those people out there that are living with this disease and let them know that there are other people out there that are also affected.  Being a Celiac is a constant learning process as I am always uncovering new foods or products of things that I can or can't have.
Our group has a lot of information for people that are newly diagnosed or have been Celiacs for years .  We provide a forum to share information on new research or products that are available. I hope that I will be seeing you at our next meeting which is on June 15th at the Leduc Civic Center From 6PM-8:30PM.  You can also contact me (Raina Carson) at or on Facebook: Leduc Celiac Disease  Support Leduc Celiac Support Representative
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