Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people, or 1% of the population, meaning millions of Americans and people across the globe suffer from this disease that’s triggered by consuming gluten. But, only 5% know they have it.
It’s very important for individuals to recognize the symptoms of celiac disease, as they can develop chronic health problems if left untreated. This May, we’re aiming to increase awareness of the disease, and how patients have the power to eliminate their symptoms through lifestyle changes.
Resources for your patients
How to dine out with celiac disease
For individuals with celiac disease, socializing or going out with friends can be stressful. Share these tips to help your patients safely enjoy dining out.
- Know the gluten-free diet: Be sure you have a solid knowledge of labels and what you can safely eat. And, don’t forget about hidden gluten in food items such as salad dressings, soups and marinade.
- Do your research: With so many restaurants offering gluten-free menus, try a quick Internet search to find new places.
- Speak up: Tell your server (or host) about your condition. Make sure they know you cannot have items with gluten or that have been contaminated with gluten.
- Ask questions: Not sure how a menu item is made? Ask your server to ask the kitchen staff. Better safe than sorry! Don’t see a gluten-free menu right away? Try asking! They may have one that you need to request.
- Send it back: Mistakes happen and that is okay. However, if someone makes a mistake and adds gluten to your dish (such as putting croutons in your salad), you need to ask for it to be fixed.
- Say “thank you:” Needing to change something is nothing to feel guilty about. Showing your gratitude can go a long way.
New! Gluten-free diet information
Feel free to share these links via email, in your EMR notes, on your practice website, or on social media.