Meal help for celiacs; Diabetes DNA

March 24, 2008 6:34:24 PM PDT
There's tasty help for those facing tough food choices... The human genome yields secrets on diabetes.

Super Suppers Gluten-Free Weekend

A Main Line meal preparation business is offering celiac disease sufferers a hand for mealtimes.

Super Suppers in Ardmore plans a "gluten-free" weekend next weekend, to help those who can't eat wheat assemble healthy entrees.

The idea came from a customer who recently discovered she had the intestinal disorder.

Steve Kay, the franchise owner, says during a conversation with his customer, he learned, "A lot of people with celiac disease don't know where to go for food and have difficulty putting meals together."

Kay says a celiac expert examined the recipes and made gluten-free substitutions, such as for the soy sauce in a steak dish. "We didn't realize that some soy sauce has wheat, and some doesn't." He says cornstarch will also be substituted for flour as a thickener.

Only one of the 12 recipes at Super Suppers had to be scrapped because it could not be adjusted.

Kay says if the gluten-free days are popular, the store will make them a regular event.

Kay says reservations are a must, to help him know how much to order. To reserve a spot, call 610-642-3980.

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DNA Discoveries on Diabetes

We know about Diabetes type one and two... but now researchers say they've discovered dozens of subtypes of the disease.

Doctors from around the world came to center city to discuss these advances.

Genetic testing is helping them answer questions they couldn't answer before about diabetes...Such as why some people get it... And why some treatments work for some patients but not for others.

Leading experts believe what they learn from patients' DNA will mean better treatments for diabetes.

Dr. Francis Collins, who heads up the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health, told Action News, "I don't think it's an overstatement to say the study of the human genome is the greatest revolution in medicine since the discovery of abx. It shines a light into areas we just haven't been able to discover before."

Dr. Collins says while this is exciting, changes at your doctors office are at least a decade away.


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