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Learn about gluten-free cooking in free diabetes forum

GroceriesIt is well known that people with diabetes, particularly Type 1 diabetes, are at high risk for foot and eye complications and heart disease. But they also have a greater risk for celiac disease, an intolerance to gluten, an ingredient in wheat, barley, rye and malts.  This intolerance creates serious dietary complications. Addressing this, the 11th annual Free  Community Diabetes Forum, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and Upstate's Joslin Diabetes Center, will focus on gluten-free cooking options for those with celiac disease.  It will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Upstate University Hospital at Community General.  Parking is free.

Joslin's Diana Stuber, MA, RD, CDE, will speak about the relationship between the two conditions. Chef and author Beth Hillson will deliver a presentation titled "Living Well with Celiac Disease" which will also feature recipes and samples of gluten-free items.  A panel of specialists will answer questions after the keynote presentation.

Ms. Hillson was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976, and felt, at that time, she had nowhere to turn for recipes, products or support. She attended culinary school to understand recipes so she could ask the right questions when she ate in restaurants. This soon developed into what would become a lifelong journey to help provide delicious and healthy food for herself and others.  Among her many credentials, Ms. Hillson founded the Gluten-Free Pantry in 1993, one of the first gluten-free companies in this country. Additionally, she is president of the American Celiac Disease Alliance and is a food editor of Living Without Magazine.  She recently released a cookbook titled Gluten-Free Makeovers: Over 175 Recipes--from Family Favorites to Gourmet Goodies--Made Deliciously Wheat-Free.  Hillson lives in Connecticut.

The Community Diabetes Forum is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668.