The Celiac Association of Extremadura Mérida held this Saturday at their annual meeting of members. There will stress the call for a census of affected population and a protocol for early detection of celiac disease.
Thus, Extremadura Celiac Association (ACEX) held this April 10 in Merida, where the meeting of members will also discus the regulation of food labeling suitable for celiacs and the establishment of the project ‘Extremadura gluten free’, focusing on the spread of this disease and in establishing a correct diet without gluten, hospitality industry, confectionery and bakery. The meeting will be held between 16.30 and 20.30 hours at Hotel Evening of the regional capital.
Among the topics to be discussed, are also financial assistance for people with low income and activities of the year, talks to patients newly diagnosed celiac kids games and cooking classes. It will also analyze the projects’ The Celiac Child in School ‘,’ Help, Advice and Assistance to the Population Health Saharan Celiac. ” For younger guests, there will be a party-child picnic, clowns, games and songs.
National Summer Camp II
It should be noted that this summer will be held on National Celiac Camp II in Extremadura between 22 and 29 August 2010, where he is expected the participation of people affected by this disease in Spain.
Its aim is “to facilitate social integration in their daily lives and professional and patients to” find many transgressions in adolescence, awareness and awareness of the disease and the gluten-free diet. ”
During the camp visit different places throughout the Extremadura and leisure activities and free time “in nature” as Tyrolean traverse, bridge balancing, journey by canoe through the swamp of Jerte and baths in the natural pools.
Increase the early diagnosis
The measures promoted by the Plan of Support for People with Gluten Intolerance by the Ministry of Health and Social Policy has already borne fruit. According to Dr. Elizabeth Polanco, one of the contributors of the project and pediatrician at the Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid have increased by 30 percent the number of CD cases to occur early in the nearly two years since starting the plan.
In this regard, the doctor added that gluten intolerance is a public health problem, especially if one considers that “only ten percent of celiac patients are diagnosed.” In addition, “60 percent of the genetics of this disorder is still unknown,” he said during his speech at the Forum Intereconomía ‘Industry and Celiac Disease. ”
In this vein, Dr. Polanco explained that “in academia are not taught the characteristics of the new multifaceted celiac disease” and, therefore, the underdiagnosis “is one of the major problems for those affected.”
“Iron deficiency anemia, bone fractures frequent, repeated abortions or infertility in men are also symptoms of celiac, which, however, are not detected by most doctors,” he said.
In this regard, the president of the Spanish Food Safety Agency (AESAN), Roberto Sabrido, said the plan intends to strengthen support for early detection programs including the dissemination of a decalogue about the disease for primary care.
Also, Sabrido forward the intention of his department to implement programs ‘screening’ children, “as has already been done with breast cancer and colorectal cancer in adults.” The reason would be the increase in prevalence, according to recent studies, could rise to one in every 79 children aged 6 to 18 years in Spain.
Sources: DNA / AssociatedPress