Thursday, May 26, 2011

Effects of celiac disease on bone mineral density are pronounced in lumbar spine than femoral neck

Patients with celiac disease are more than 4.5 times more likely to develop osteoporosis compared to healthy people in an age and gender matched cohort with no identifiable risk factors for osteoporosis, according to a study presented today at the EULAR 2011 Annual Congress.
The British study of 1,030 people compares the extent of bone mineral density (BMD)* loss – a common measure of osteoporosis – in two physical locations in the body. The results demonstrated that the mean BMD of the lumbar spine in patients with coeliac disease was significantly different when compared to the control group (1.79 (95% CI 1.32, 2.44)), however not for the femoral neck vs. control (1.52 (95% CI 0.86, 2.67)).
"This is the first study that compares the extent of BMD loss at the lumbar spine and femoral neck in an age and sex matched cohort, and demonstrates that the detrimental effects of coeliac disease are most pronounced in the lower back compared to the hip joint," said Mr Oldroyd of Lancaster University School of Medicine. "These findings may be due to the fact that the bone in the lumbar spine is spongy, less dense and weaker in comparison to the femoral neck, causing it to be more susceptible to the detrimental effects of coeliac disease. There is greater research required to determine why this effect is seen and whether it can have future implications for treatment."
The authors from Lancaster and the Liverpool area collected results of DEXA scans (used to measure BMD) from 1,030 patients with coeliac disease between June 2004 and September 2007. Scan results of the lumbar spine and femoral neck of patients with coeliac disease were compared to a healthy, age and gender matched cohort, with no identifiable risk factors for osteoporosis. Logistic regression analysis was used to investigate the association between coeliac disease and BMD results for the lumbar spine and femoral neck in the lowest tertile of the whole study cohort.
Abstract Number: THU0142
*BMD refers to the amount of matter per cubic centimeter of bones. Measurements are most commonly made over the lumbar spine and over the upper part of the hip. Average density is around 1500 kg m−3. BMD is often measured with a t-score, the number of standard deviations above or below the mean for a healthy 30 year old adult of the same sex and ethnicity as the patient. Average t-scores are as follows:
Normal: Less than 1 standard deviation (SD) below the young adult reference range (more than -1)
Low bone mass (osteopenia): 1 to 2.5 SDs below the young adult reference range (-1 to -2.5)
Osteoporosis: 2.5 or more SDs below the young adult reference range (-2.5 or less)

Please note that the June 4 Family Fun Event has been cancelled

The Gluten Free Family Fun event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday the 4th has been cancelled. We did not meet the minimum head count needed to host the event. It may be rescheduled for the fall, details to follow.

Monday, May 16, 2011

General Mills is discontinuing their gluten-free hamburger helper products

General Mills has been contacting members of the gluten-free community to let them know that they will no longer be offering the gluten-free versions of their popular hamburger helper products, including Hamburger Helper Cheesy Hashbrown, Asian Helper Chicken Fried Rice and Asian Helper Beef Fried Rice. This change is due to a modification in their manufacturing facilities, where all of the products, gluten-containing or not, will be processed on the same line. As such, General Mills can no longer guarantee the gluten-free status of the products because of the potential for cross contamination. Please visit this celiac news and gluten free diet resources page for more information.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger site problems.....

Note to everyone who may be confused by the sudden disappearance of posts over the last several hours. The Blogger site has been undergoing a few "repairs" since yesterday that should be completed soon. A few posts may appear twice, not at all, etc. until the situation is resolved. I'm trying to keep the current posts up and running, so let me know (via the comments or email) if you need info that you can't locate.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Be sure to stop by the Greek Festival for gluten-free food, wine and beer!

Enjoy a Gluten-Free Meal at the Greek Festival this Weekend!

Gluten-free items from the menu include:
  • chicken and pork souvlaki skewers (marinade is vegetable oil, lemon, salt, pepper, oregano)
  • greek-style green beans (in tomato base)
  • greek salad (order without the roll!)
  • greek potato wedges (fried in vegetable oil in designated fryers. Greek seasoning is paprika, salt, pepper and oregano)
  • wine and gluten-free beer (Red Bridge)
For more details visit  Special thanks to Georgia Wood for the gluten-free menu details!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Town Bistro's Gluten Free Menu......looks good!!

Register for the Gluten Free Family Fun Event on June 4, 2011


 The NCPTGIG is hosting a Gluten Free event for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and appetites!
  • Fun and games from Fit Republic

10:30AM Saturday June 4th
(note if it rains we will be having this event at the Jerry Long YMCA teen room before heading over to New Town Bistro). We will post a note here if there is a question of rain.

11:30 AM
We will then go over to New Town Bistro to enjoy a Gluten Free Lunch

RSVP and prepayment of lunch required.  There is a minimum headcount required to run this program.

Please RSVP ASAP to Suzanne York to reserve your space. Include names of people participating, and ages of children. Send check to Suzanne York (make check payable to Suzanne York)
8216 Kildare St. Clemmons, NC 27012. Deadline for registration is Monday May 30th.

For list of locations and menu click below

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Free Value Tours: Learn to How to Save at Whole Foods


Whole Deal Value Tour
Learn how to save on groceries, get money-saving recipes and tips.
WHAT: Feeling the gas pinch and dollar crunch? One of the easiest ways to lighten the load on your pocketbook is learning to save money on groceries. For two weeks in May we’re offering free value tours centered on getting more bang for your buck, inexpensive delicious recipes and other awesome tips to get you back in the driver’s seat. Just sign up at our Customer Service desk or call 336-722-9233 today!

WHEN:    Tuesday, May 10 & 17 @ 10am
Wednesday, May 11 & 18 @ 6pm
Thursday, May 12 & 19 @ 10am

WHERE:  Whole Foods Market
                   41 Miller St
                   Winston-Salem, NC

Media Contact: Jarrett Oliveri, Whole Foods Market, 336-722-9233

Should You Be Gluten-Free? Virtual event to be held by the NFCA on May 11

Announcement below from Celiac Central: Join NFCA for a Must-See Virtual Event!

Last month, our Health Resource Q&A introduced you to Jill’s List, an online directory for complementary medicine and alternative treatments. Now, our friends at Jill’s List are hosting an unprecedented virtual event on May 11, bringing together some of the biggest names in celiac and gluten-free awareness.
Should You Be Gluten-Free? is an interactive, web-based event featuring a panel of celiac and gluten-free experts:Should You Be Gluten-Free banner
  • Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times Best Selling Author and family physician
  • Alice Bast, Founder & President, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
  • Jill Brack, Founder of GLOW Gluten-Free
  • Jill Shah, Founder & CEO of Jill’s List (moderator)
This one-of-a-kind event aims to educate both healthcare providers and patients, covering topics such as who really needs the gluten-free diet, how to recognize celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, what resources are available and more!
Event Details:
For more information about this event, read the Press Release »

Activists Protest Delayed Gluten-Free Label Standard

Follow the link to an article from abc news on the importance of gluten free labeling standards and the involvement of Whole Foods and Jules Shepard in yesterday's Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit in D.C.

Click here to see the world's largest gluten free cake and other photos from the event! More details are posted on 1in133's facebook page.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Please join the cause to support gluten free food labeling!

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness month! 


In 2007, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) tasked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize standards for gluten-free labeling. Four years later, the FDA has failed to fulfill that mandate. To the millions of Americans who eat gluten-free food, this inaction is a big deal.
To draw attention to the FDA's inaction, and to galvanize the burgeoning gluten-free community, leading members of this community will host Capitol Hill legislators, noted celiac disease researchers, gluten-free community leaders and food corporations to the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit, in Washington, D.C. on May 4th, 2011. Coinciding with the newly recognized National Celiac Awareness Month, the event will also feature the world's largest gluten-free cake – symbolizing the big deal that clear, accurate, reliable labeling plays in the lives of people dependent on labeling for their health.

Please join the efforts of and The American Celiac Disease Alliance to bring attention to the importance of gluten free food labeling. Visit today to sign the online petition, send a letter to the FDA, or contribute to the cause. In addition, everyone is urged to contact their congressional representatives to let them know how important proper food labeling is to everyone in the gluten free community. Let them know you want the FDA to finish the FALCPA labeling rules!