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Intro to Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks ingested gluten, and, by mistake, also attacks the intestinal lining. The damage to the intestines can cause a number of symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation

Celiac disease can also cause nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition. Long term deficiencies of iron, folic acid, and vitamins B12, D, and K can lead to anemia and osteoporosis.

Detecting Celiac Disease

On occasion, most people will experience some form of gastrointestinal distress, but a person with celiac disease will likely experience it on a daily basis. In some cases, the connection between gastrointestinal discomfort and gluten intolerance is missed, and celiac disease may go undetected. Read more