Excerpt from SMU’s The Daily Campus:
Forced to live gluten free
By Bethany Suba
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011
Dr. Kate Naumes was diagnosed with celiac disease the summer after her senior year of college.She had struggled most of her young adult life with fatigue, anemia and a lot of vague symptoms that her primary care doctor could not identify with a specific disease.
She ended up leaving school on a medical leave of absence because her health was so poor.
Once she was diagnosed with celiac disease her life did a complete 360.
“The first couple of years were really challenging because at first I was told that I couldn’t eat wheat,” Dr. Naumes said.
Celiac disease is a condition where the immune system responds abnormally to gluten.
Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and a multitude of prepared foods.
“Celiac disease can occur in people of any age and it affects both genders,” Dr. Naumes said.
Symptoms of celiac disease are an atrophy of intestines, weight loss, vitamin deficiencies or low iron or vitamin D….