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What Is Celiac Disease?

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  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that makes it difficult to digest and process gluten proteins. If  you are gluten intolerant and you ingest gluten, you could experience symptoms such as severe stomach pains, headaches, skin rashes, and upset stomach. You could also have respiratory issues.
    • An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends an army of fighter cells to attack them.
    • Gluten is a general name for the proteins generally found in all forms of wheat, including rye, barley and malt. Gluten acts as a binding agent to hold food together.
      • There is no gluten in:
        • Chocolate in its pure unsweetened form. However many chocolate products do have gluten because of additives..
        • Potatoes
        • Rice
      • There is gluten in:
        • Most baked goods including cookies, cupcakes and cakes
        • Beer
        • Crackers
        • Pasta - unless it is specifically gluten free
        • Pizza 
        • Pretzels
        • Wheat in all forms
      • For additional foods that do and do not contain gluten, see offsite link
    • Gluten intolerance: Gluten intolerance can develop at any age. If a person has gluten intolerance, ingesting gluten can cause digestive problems such as gassiness, abdominal pain or diarrhea. A person may have gluten intolerance and not have celiac disease..
    • Life expectancy: A person with celiac disease who follows a gluten free diet (see below) has a life expectancy similar to a person without celiac disease.  
    • Symptoms of Celiac Disease: The nine most common signs and symptoms indicating Celiac Disease are:
    • Diarrhea. Share on Pinterest. ...
  1. Bloating. Bloating is another common symptom that people with celiac disease experience. ...
  2. Gas. ...
  3. Fatigue. ...
  4. Weight Loss. ...
  5. Iron-Deficiency Anemia. ...
  6. Constipation. ...
  7. Depression.



Support Groups:



  • Gluten Intolerance Group

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