What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by the ingestion of gluten, which is a protein found in foods containing wheat, barley or rye such as bread, pasta, cookies, pizza dough, etc. People with celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, causing damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Symptoms of celiac disease may include nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. The decreased absorption of nutrients, known as malabsorption, that occurs with celiac disease can cause vitamin deficiencies. Sometimes celiac disease is suspected because of abnormal lab test findings including anemia or lab results that are suggestive of a nutrient deficiency.

Treatments for Celiac Disease

No treatment can cure celiac disease; however, you can effectively manage celiac disease and restore normalcy to the intestinal lining by avoiding gluten in your diet.

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