Senior Care in Phoenix AZ
Gluten intolerance in seniors is becoming more prevalent. For people with a gluten intolerance, treatment can be as simple as reducing the amount of gluten that they eat. Since gluten is a protein found in wheat, this can mean decreasing their intake of many common foods like crackers, noodles, cakes, cookies, pancakes and waffles, to name a few.
But more serious form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease, an immune autoimmune disease that is triggered when a person consumes gluten causing the small intestine to become inflamed. For these people, consuming foods with gluten can be deadly.
Living with gluten intolerance
Are you concerned that your parent or elder loved one may be suffering from a gluten intolerance? Symptoms in elders can be more subtle than in younger adults. Symptoms that may indicate a gluten intolerance include:
● abdominal discomfort
● muscle weakness
● joint pain
Living with celiac disease
For the elderly that fall within the one percent of people who have celiac disease, consuming foods with gluten can be dangerous and thus must remove gluten from their diet altogether.
It could take years to heal from the damage caused by celiac disease. This is especially true for older adults. Some signs of celiac disease in can include:
● Cognitive impairment
● Joint pain
● Muscle cramps
● Tingling in the lower body
Some research shows that among elderly people, celiac disease is two and a half times more common. If untreated, it can cause serious medical problems including nerve damage and osteoporosis.
Regardless of the severity of your loved one’s gluten intolerance, embracing a new diet will be necessary but easy. Ensuring that your loved one receives the appropriate diet, either reduced-gluten or gluten-free, will play a big part in ensuring their good health.
It is important to consult a doctor if you suspect your loved one may have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Never cut out gluten from his or her diet on suspicion only. There are many people who opt for a gluten-free diet who do not have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, depriving their bodies of needed vitamins and nutrients. If your loved one is diagnosed, consult a nutritionist. Nutritionists are a great resource and can instruct you on how to implement a strict gluten-free diet.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Phoenix, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Web MD-The Truth About Gluten http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/truth-about-gluten
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