Advocacy and Education

Welcome to the GF Guru! If you are newly diagnosed with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or a gluten allergy then you have come to the right place! Navigating the gluten free world can be difficult, but I hope that I can make it a little bit easier by sharing my experience with celiac disease.

 

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1 in 133 Americans. Often characterized by gastrointestinal issues, celiac disease can cause an array of other ailments including depression, skin problems, and anemia.

The only known cure for this disease is a 100 percent gluten free diet. There is no other treatment for celiac disease, and exposure to gluten can cause a whole host of health problems.

Given the severity and increased prevalence of this disease, it is imperative that restaurants and stores become experts in gluten free dining. While this may seem like an easy task on the surface, the truth of the matter is that it is incredibly difficult to keep spaces in a busy, crowded restaurant, or packed grocery store, truly gluten free.

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Facts About Celiac Disease

  • Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

  • It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

  • 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

  • 5-22% of celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has celiac.

  • Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.

  • Over a four-year period, people with undiagnosed celiac disease cost an average of $3,964 more than healthy individuals. 

  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease. A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment.

  • The celiac disease diagnosis rate may reach 50-60% by 2019, thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease.

  • Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015.

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    From 2014-2018 I enjoyed the experience of being a Huffington Post Contributor. That platform is no longer available, but my articles still are. Please feel free to check them out here!

     

    Shortly after graduating from New York University, Hannah (the GF Guru!) was diagnosed with celiac disease. Navigating the gluten free world since then has been challenging and incredibly rewarding; every day brings a new lesson learned. You can connect with Hannah on LinkedIn or read more about her experience with celiac disease here on the Huffington Post blog.

    When she's not at work, in school, or hanging out with her Pitbull Beagle mix Lola- you can find Hannah scouring cities domestically and abroad for the best in gluten free! 

    If you wish to contact Hannah directly, please feel free to email her at hannah.crane@nyu.edu.

    Interested in learning more? Need help finding gluten free products? I would love to hear from you!

     

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