Free Celiac Screening at University of Chicago Annually in October

A free celiac screening is the perfect opportunity to get peace of mind. If you are having digestive problems and there’s a history of celiac in the family, get screened. The next annual blood celiac screening at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2008.  If you or a loved one suspects you may have this disease and you are in the Chicago area, call to make a reservation at: 773-702-7593. The center typically screens up to 400 people each year and uses the most reliable testing available to detect Celiac Disease. If you can’t get in for a free celiac screening this year, call them again in August. Their annual celiac screening event takes place each year in October.

Celiac RibbonPRE-REGISTRATION is required and begins August 15th. Participants must be on a gluten diet prior to testing.

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease of the small intestine, attacks about 1 in 133 people. Celiac can also cause neurological problems too. This figure is up about tenfold from a decade ago when doctors believed it only affected 1 in 1000. According to most sources,  most people with celiac disease are undiagnosed. When a person who has celiac disease eats gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye or barley, his or her immune system will overreact and attack the small intestine. First degree relatives of a patient diagnosed with celiac disease (parents, siblings, child) have a 1 in 22 chance of developing the disease. Second Degree relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) have a 1 in 39 chance of developing the disease.

Take advantage of this opportunity and make your reservation now, or visit the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center for more information.

The The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center will have a panel discussion for attendees, giving them a chance to ask questions about celiac disease and snack on free samples of gluten-free products.

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