Celiac disease is an immune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. This condition damages the lining of the small intestine, inhibiting nutrient absorption and causing a host of health problems for people who suffer from it.
It is estimated that one in one hundred people in the United States have it, though it is one of the more under-diagnosed conditions.
Also, instead of taking medication that an insurance company can help pay for, patients with celiac disease must go to great lengths to avoid foods with gluten in them. Unfortunately, a lot of gluten-free products cost three times as much as the regular versions.
While seeing a nutritionist to learn how to get the proper nutrients from other foods likes fruits, vegetables, potatoes and rice, this New York Times
piece lists some other ways in which to make living with celiac disease easier—and more affordable.
Did you know you could deduct the cost of gluten-free foods and even shipping of said products?
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