Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine due to a sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. This hereditary disorder interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.
More than two million Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease; however, recent studies have suggested that as many as one in every 133 Americans may have it, and that the disease is underdiagnosed.
Agnesian HealthCare is hosting the January Celiac Support Group meeting - called the Fond du Lac Gluten-Free Support Group - through its Journeys: a health resource center. The group's mission is to connect individuals in the Fond du Lac area with support and resources that make living a gluten-free life easier and more successful.
The January session is set from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 in Journeys: a health resource center, which is located off the St. Agnes Hospital lobby, 430 E. Division St. in Fond du Lac.
Sujatha Kailas, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Agnesian HealthCare, will speak on "Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease" and "Gluten Intolerance vs. Gluten Sensitivity."
To register for the January session, call Journeys: a health resource center at 920-926-4960. For more information on the Fond du Lac Gluten-Free Support Group, call Sharon Forge at 920-477-3801. The group meets every other month at different locations, but mainly at Festival Foods.