What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

When a person with celiac eats gluten, the protein interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food by damaging a part of the small intestine called villi. Damaged villi make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, leading to malnourishment and a host of other problems including some cancers, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, infertility and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.

Celiac disease is:

● A serious autoimmune disease
● Genetic
● 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.

Newly Diagnosed?

Our ​Getting Started Guide ​contains essential information for both newly diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity and those looking to better manage their gluten-free diet.

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Have a Child with Celiac Disease?

With the help of our ​Parent Resources Toolkit​, you can learn to use legal protections to ensure that the school environment does not compromise your child’s health.

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Celiac Disease Treatment

Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. Researchers are working hard to find alternative therapies and possibly a cure. Visit our ​Research​ section to learn more about celiac disease drug development or click the links below.

Info & Help from Beyond Celiac

Beyond Celiac unites with patients and partners to drive diagnosis, advance research and accelerate the discovery of new treatments and a cure. Click the links below for more information for celiac disease patients, caregivers and researchers.