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Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Countdown To Celiac Awareness Month Is ON
When May arrives and Awareness Month kicks off, we want Congress talking about Celiac Disease. Let's get them talking for us. You've got the facts, share them forward!

Educate and Advocate -- Do it TODAY!

Here is some text you can use in your letter to your local representative. You can find more information at the American Celiac Disease Alliance website.

As one of your constituents, one of the millions of Americans with celiac disease, I am writing to ask you to cosponsor H.Con.Res. 110, recognizing May as National Celiac Disease Awareness Month.

Celiac disease is the most common genetic disorder in the world. It affects men, women, children and the elderly. In the United States 1 in 133 or about 3 million have the condition yet 95% remain undiagnosed.

The symptoms of celiac disease include migraines, stomach pain, anemia, joint pain, fatigue, diarrhea and many more. Because the symptoms mirror those of other conditions it can often take years for patients to be properly diagnosed. These delays can lead to growth and developmental delays in children, infertility, osteoporosis and the onset of other autoimmune disorders.

Here are a few other facts consider:

- Type 1 diabetes affects 3 million of our citizens and 10% also have celiac disease.

- 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and 12% (48,000) will have celiac disease as well.

- Almost 50% of men diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia will also be diagnosed with celiac disease.

Educating the public and expanding awareness among health professionals will improve diagnosis rates and hopefully prevent individuals from developing other potentially life threatening illnesses.

Please cosponsor H.Con.Res. 110 to help raise awareness about celiac disease, the world's most common genetic disorder.

Thank you.

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Blogger I Am Gluten Free said...

Erin - thanks for reminding us and making it so easy. I sent a letter to my congressman, using the pre-written text. It took about 3 clicks and 15 seconds. Thank you!!!!

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