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
● 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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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.
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