What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is:
- A serious autoimmune disease
- Triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye
When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. Left untreated, people with celiac disease are at-risk for serious health consequences.
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- An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.
- It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
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