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About Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease. It is 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. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment.

Left untreated, people with celiac disease are at-risk for serious health consequences, like other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and even certain cancers.

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Symptoms and Risk Factors

There are more than 300 symptoms of celiac disease, and symptoms can be different from person to person.

If you have symptoms of celiac disease, especially ones that last a long time, you should ask your doctor for a celiac disease blood test.

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Testing and Diagnosis

If you think you could have celiac disease, it's important to talk to your doctor about getting tested. Learn more about the testing process, how to treat celiac disease and understanding your risk if celiac disease is in your family. 

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Additional Information

Celiac disease is related to a lot of other conditions, like infertility, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease. Learn about the different diseases that can come along with celiac disease and how they could affect you or a loved one.

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For Professionals

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