WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?

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WHAT IS CELIAC DISEASE?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.

healthy and damaged villi

When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease.
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Food Cures for Celiac Disease

Food Cures for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a surprisingly common disorder — one that’s treated entirely by making the right changes to your diet. Get great tips for celiac disease treatment and diet.
Celiac disease is a surprisingly common autoimmune disorder. It can begin at any time in a person’s life, and there is no consistent set of symptoms. Luckily, the disease is almost entirely treatable with the appropriatedietary changes — so feeling better is as simple as knowing what to eat and what to avoid.

 
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