Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
New research from the National Foundation for Celiac Disease (NFCA) now reveals that one in 141 Americans suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune condition affecting children and adults where gluten causes damage to the small intestine.
According to Dr. Marta Katalenas, noted pediatrician and author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch... The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity, a diet free of wheat and oats, not only prevents people from suffering from a gluten-related disease, but also helps with a variety of symptoms many people experience such as weight loss, bloating, diarrhea and attention problems.
The latest research conducted by the NFCA estimates that 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease. Celiac disease can affect men, women, and children of all ages and races, and 5 to 22 percent of celiac patients have an immediate family member (first degree relative) who also has celiac.
Celiac disease, wheat allergy, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, are gluten-related diseases autoimmune digestive diseases that damage the villi of the small intestine. The reaction to eating gluten, which is a component of wheat and wheat-related products and sometimes oats, interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
“The ingestion of gluten is the culprit for a number of digestive problems”, stated Dr. Marta Katalenas. “However, a gluten-free diet will not only help with digestive problems but also in feeling better and losing weight.”
Dr. Katalenas offers four reasons why people should reduce their intake of wheat or wheat-related products:
1. We eat too many carbohydrates in our culture. Eliminating wheat products will substantially reduce carbohydrate ingestion and, therefore, help with weight issues.
2. Eliminating wheat makes it more difficult to reach for snacks in between meals, since most processed food contains wheat.
3. A loaf of gluten-free bread costs a lot more than regular bread at my local grocery store, which is a reason to limit the consumption of bread!
4. Grains in general contain fermentable sugars that can produce bloating and gassy discomfort when they come in contact with the intestinal flora in the stomach. Limiting the consumption of grains is going to relieve digestive issues commonly attributed to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
Patients who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease are being urged to participate in a survey being conducted by the NFCA. For more information, please visit
About Dr. Marta Katalenas
Dr. Marta Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock, Texas, and author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch... The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. Her practice offers a nutrition management program that helps families make the lifestyle changes necessary to promote and maintain good health. Dr. Katalenas is a frequent guest on local television shows and is media resource on childhood obesity and pediatric health issues.