Celiac disease is a condition, generally hereditary in nature, which damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of important nutrients. The disease occurs in reaction to the ingestion of gluten, a protein deposit found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.
People of all ages can develop celiac disease, and those whose family members suffer from the condition are more vulnerable to the disease. Caucasians, individuals of European descent, and women are most commonly affected, though the reason for this remains a mystery.
Celiac sufferers are more likely to have autoimmune disorders, Addison’s disease, Down syndrome, intestinal cancer, intestinal lymphoma, lactose intolerance, thyroid disease, and type-1 diabetes.
Once identified in a person, a gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. The avoidance of all forms of wheat, barley, and rye can improve symptoms and prevent any further intestinal damage. A doctor can readily diagnose celiac disease, and a dietician can help in coming up with an appropriate gluten-free dietary plan.
In the United States, approximately 1 out of 133 people are diagnosed with celiac disease. You may be surprised to learn that there are some famous figures that have been confirmed as celiac sufferers including:
• Keith Olbermann (political commentator)
• Elizabeth Hasselback (TV personality)
• Katherine, Dutchess of Kent
• Jennifer Esposito (actress)
• Heidi Collins (news anchor)
For more about celiac disease, see
Celiac Disease Imbalance
Antibody Tests Celiac Diseas
Gluten Free Diet
Gluten Free Diet Facts
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