Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and other foods. Left untreated, it wears away the lining of the small intestines, preventing the absorption of vital nutrients. Celiac has been linked to a number of related diseases, including multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.
You may have heard of celiac disease in reference to the gluten-free diet. Contrary to its “fad” image, the gluten-free diet was designed to be a medical treatment for celiac disease, not a weight loss plan. By eliminating gluten, including hidden offenders, individuals with celiac disease can restore health and reclaim lives – but it’s a lifelong commitment. As little as 1/30 of a slice of bread can prove damaging to those with celiac disease.
Learn more about celiac disease:
- Basic overview of celiac disease
- Common symptoms of celiac disease
- Celiac disease testing and treatment
- Personal celiac stories
- How to adopt a gluten-free diet
- Gluten-free recipes
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