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About Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder. People who have celiac disease have problems eating gluten, a protein found in cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, and barley.

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When people with celiac disease eat gluten, a response is triggered by the body’s immune system that damages the lining of the small intestine. Over time, this interferes with the absorption of nutrients and can lead to a wide range of serious problems. Because of this, people with celiac disease must avoid eating anything with gluten in it.

Celiac disease is often undiagnosed

Some of the symptoms of celiac disease are like those of many other digestive disorders. For this reason, people with celiac disease often go undiagnosed and untreated for many years. It’s estimated that nearly 3 million Americans have the disease, but only about 100,000 are diagnosed. Celiac disease runs in families and occurs in both children and adults.

Signs and symptoms of celiac disease

Most people with celiac disease have one or more symptoms, although some people don’t notice any symptoms. To find out if you have celiac disease, see your doctor and ask about having a test. Download a Celiac Disease Symptom Checklist to fill out and bring to your appointment.

  • Intestinal gas, bloating, and abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Fatty stools
  • Constipation
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Slowed growth in children
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Itchy, bumpy skin rash
  • Infertility
  • Anorexia
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Delayed puberty
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel disorder