Western New York Gluten Free Diet Support Group
Local Chapter #33 of the Celiac Support Association
General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting – February 14, 2015
Speaker - Anne Klein RD CDF


The meeting was opened at 10:15 a.m. by President Julie Fusani. Three newly diagnosed attendees self-identified.  Attendance was 18 (15 signed in).  She stated that our Group was Chapter 33 of the Celiac Support Association.

She announced that the February 15 Special Event dinner at the Brookfield Country Club has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.

The April 18 meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 6320 Main Street in Williamsville.  Gregory Notaro, Registered Pharmacist from Union Medical Pharmacy in West Seneca will speak on medication and supplement use in Celiac Disease and will also discuss the availability of medication compounding.

There was a brief discussion of the various types of gluten free bread now on the market as well as a discussion of gluten free items that are available at unexpected places.  There were miscellaneous announcements. 

Julie then introduced Anne Klein, RD,, CDE, to speak about celiac disease and Type 2 diabetes.  Anne explained the development process of Type 2 diabetes and indicated the large prevalence of individuals in the U.S. that are estimated to be pre-diabetic.   She stated that insulin resistance interferes with the body’s ability to properly use insulin resulting in the body producing more insulin.  Insulin resistance leads to obesity, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profile, elevated blood sugar.  It can lead to less flexible arteries which can cause heart and brain damage. 

The generally accepted scale for judging blood sugar levels;

                                                70 to 100 – OK; 100 to 125 – pre-diabetic; above 125 – Type 2 diabetes.

Sign of pre-diabetes:  overweight, high blood pressure.  It can be familial.  She indicate4d that someone with a normal fasting blood sugar test result could nonetheless have diabetes or pre-diabetes.  A glucose intolerance test – AC1 – which tests average blood sugar may be a more reliable indicator.

She conducted an exercise with the group using a variety of products she had placed on meeting tables for the purpose of identifying various amounts of carbohydrates is common foodstuffs.  Carbohydrates produce sugar in the blood.  The brain needs carbs (about 120g per day. The body needs 25-45g more each day.)   Carb serving = 15g.  3 servings per meal (45g) should be acceptable. 

What’s the treatment?  Diet and exercise!  Medication may also be indicated for full blown Type 2.

She graciously responded to questions from the audience.

Thereafter, a counselling session was held for the newly diagnosed.

Joanne M. Schwartzott                                                                                                                                                                                                         Acting Secretary

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