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Celiac Disease: At a Glance

By The Manual's Editorial Staff,

Celiac disease is a hereditary intolerance to gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and oats). Gluten stimulates the immune system to produce certain antibodies, which damage the lining of the small intestine. As a result, nutrients from food are not absorbed normally.

For a full discussion, see Celiac Disease.

What Are Some Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Did You Know...

  • Some people who have celiac disease do not have any digestive symptoms.

How Is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

  • Blood tests

  • Biopsy of tissue from the small intestine

How Is Celiac Disease Treated?

  • There is no cure.

  • Only a strict gluten-free diet can relieve symptoms.

Did You Know...

  • Gluten is so widely used in food products that people with celiac disease need detailed lists of foods to be avoided and expert advice from a dietitian.

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