Celiac Disease

by Paige

What is Celiac disease?

Celiac disease is when your immune system mistakes one of the substances that makes up gluten, called gliadin, as a threat to the body. It then causes the surface of your intestine to become inflamed (red and swollen). Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected. The surface of the intestine is usually covered with millions of tiny tube-shaped growths called villi. Villi increases the surface area of your gut and helps it to digest food more effectively. However, in celiac disease, the damage and inflammation to the lining of your gut flattens the villi, which reduces their ability to help with digestion. As a result, your intestine is no longer able to digest nutrients from your food, leading to the symptoms of celiac disease. There is no cure/treatment for celiac disease. So you don’t need to get surgery or medicine, but the only known “treatment” is to have a gluten free diet. While on the diet you can't eat gluten foods, oats, processed food that may contain gluten etc.
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Villi before and after celiac disease, a villi is located in your intestine and collects the nutrients from the food you eat also helping digest your food properly
Dr.Oz teaching about celiac disease

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Facts about celiac diease

-Celiac disease often runs in families. If you have a close relative with the condition, such as a parent or sibling, your chance of developing it is higher. This risk is approximately 10% for those with a family history. If you have an identical twin with celiac disease, there is a 75% chance you will also develop the condition.


-In children, celiac disease can slow growth and weaken bones. If it isn't treated, a child can get very sick. It is recommended that you call a doctor if you notice these symptoms, losing a lot of weight, have diarrhea, or feel weak and tired for many days for no reason.


- If left untreated it could lead to anemia,osteoporosis and raise your risk of lymphoma.


-There is no cure/treatment for celiac disease. So you don’t need to get surgery or medicine, but the only known “treatment” is to have a gluten free diet. While on the diet you can't eat gluten foods, oats, processed food that may contain gluten etc.


-About 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed


-1 in 133 Americans have celiac disease (1 percent of the population)

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The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are affected by gluten, and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. So press the button above to learn more or even donate!