The Celiac Association of Málaga held on Saturday May 22 a series of information events, with the collaboration of the International Accessibility Councillor of the City of Málaga. The mayor of the area, Raul Lopez, and the president of the Celiac Association of Malaga, Sonia Fernández Alonso, explained that they have information desks/STRONG> in the Paseo de Larios (Torre del Mar) and Marina Square (Málaga) is distributed brochures, activities and games for children tasting gluten-free products. The events will be 10:00 to 14:00 and are organized on the occasion of National Day of Celiac.
The weak point: the diagnosis
Sonia Fernandez said that only 10% of celiac patients are diagnosed, meaning that about 450,000 patients, only 45 000 know the disorder sufferers. In Malaga there may be some 1,600 people with celiac disease, although only 600 belong to that association. The chairman of this group claimed improvements in medical consultations to achieve a more rapid detection of patients, as their gluten intolerance usually causes other health problems. The only way to combat celiac disease is to follow a strict diet without food containing gluten. Thus, is a normalization of the patient and can lead a normal life.
Aspects to improve
Ana Rosa Vallejo, member of the Celiac Association of Malaga, claimed to develop specific protocols in public health to provide better care for celiacs and achieve more accurate diagnoses of chronic disease is most common intestinal Spain. The affected individuals genetically predisposed to both children and adults. The prevalence of celiac disease has doubled among women than among men.
Such an association called for all public and private schools have special menus for children celiacs. Sonia Fernandez stated that 80% of products sold in supermarkets have gluten. Buy special food for these people raising expenditure on these families at 1,500 euros per year, there officers requesting aid to meet this expenditure. Similarly, the affected call for clarity in the labels of the products to see if they contain gluten or not.
Celiac patients can not tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats
Foods accepted: all those who have no gluten, such as milk, meat, eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes and cereals allowed: rice and corn.
Forbidden foods: those who are gluten-free: bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, batters (except those who are prepared gluten-free meal).
What is gluten? A protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
Some symptoms of the disease: weight loss and appetite, chronic diarrhea, abdominal distension, abnormal character and growth retardation of children.
Treatment: Lifetime follow a strict diet of foods without gluten.
Cases: 1% of the population is celiac, but only 10% are diagnosed.
Consequences: the ingestion of gluten in celiac patients produces an atrophy of intestinal villi. Foods like bread, pasta, sweets or biscuits are safe for celiacs. The reason is that these products have gluten, a protein that can not tolerate these people and is present in wheat, barley, rye and oats. Although 1% of the population is celiac, 90% of patients are undiagnosed, which aggravates the problem and leads to take food with gluten, the protein unaware that hurts them.
Source: ACEM, Malaga Celiac Association