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Living with Celiac Disease

You’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease? Now what?

Making the transition to a gluten-free diet is one of the first steps in restoring health and reclaiming your life, but it requires a life-long commitment.

(Even if your blood test for celiac disease was negative, it may be possible that you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Learn more.)

Newly Diagnosed with Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming a protein called gluten. Learn more about celiac disease, or read information for people who are newly diagnosed.

There is a lot to learn about the gluten-free diet. Even though it is overwhelming at first, know that the diet will get easier to manage over time. We’re here to get you through it! 

Related Conditions

Celiac disease affects every system in the body, so many conditions can be related to the autoimmune disease.

Families and Celiac Disease

Children and Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can be confusing for kids. We’ve put together some information for kids with relatively simple terminology and explanations to help them learn about celiac disease. The celiac disease community is active and vocal online. Connect with others living with celiac disease through our social media pages.

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.

Women’s Health & Celiac Disease

Women in the general population are diagnosed with celiac disease two to three times more often than men. Learn more.

Women have several specific symptoms of celiac disease. For example, unexplained infertility can sometimes be the only sign of undiagnosed celiac disease. Learn more about celiac disease symptoms in women.

Men’s Health & Celiac Disease

Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans and is one of the most common occurring, lifelong, genetically determined diseases.

Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease occurs in more women than men. The disease is currently diagnosed more frequently in women as well, somewhere between two and three times more often. However, a recent comprehensive review of celiac disease by celiac disease experts from Italy and the United States found that when looking at serology of undiagnosed populations, it appears that men have celiac disease at much higher rates than previously believed. The actual female-to-male ratio [of celiac disease] is 1.5 to 1, the review found.

Learn more about celiac disease and men’s health.

Common Concerns

At Beyond Celiac, we know exactly what you’re going through now that you are diagnosed with celiac disease. Many of us have been there, too! We are here to help you every step of the way. In this section, we’ll give you advice and best practices for tackling common concerns of people living with this serious genetic autoimmune disease.

Think you may have celiac disease?

Symptoms Checklist