Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder where the body has an autoimmune reaction when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley (malt), rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). If gluten is ingested, the body will attack the villi (hairlike projections) in the small intestines which are responsible for absorbing nutrients. If the villi become flattened and damaged by this autoimmune reaction, nutrients are not absorbed which causes malnourishment and can lead to many health problems.

There is no cure for celiac disease at this time...the treatment for celiac disease is living a gluten-free lifestyle.

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