What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten.

Gluten can be found in cookies, pasta, bread and any other products that contain wheat, rye or barley.

If you have celiac disease and eat products containing the protein gluten, you will experience an immune reaction in your small intestine. This immune reaction will cause damage to the surface of the small intestine and you will be unable to absorb certain nutrients. This malabsorption can cause vitamin deficiencies that deprive many organs of nourishment.

Celiac disease can be hard to diagnose and symptoms may vary. Some symptoms might include diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, stomach upset, anemia, joint pain and muscle cramps among others.

If you experience many of the common symptoms of celiac disease, or have a family history of celiac disease, you should consult with your doctor.

There is currently no cure for celiac disease. The key is to avoid eating gluten protein.