Celiac Disease is an autoimmune reaction to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac is a diagnosable disease that can be treated by following a strict gluten free diet. It should not be confused with the more common fad of being gluten intolerant. Some researches believe that the intolerance is actually an allergy to something else found in wheat. The difference is, in celiac, exposure to wheat causes actual damage to the intestine that makes absorbing nutrients difficult.
Celiac should not be self-diagnosed. If you think you or your child is suffering from celiac you should make an appointment right away.
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