Gluten Free Diet (Celiac Disease) - Diagnosis

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What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. The exact cause of celiac disease is not clear, however, the outcome is well established. This disease effects the small intestine and its ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in deficiencies and health complications. For more, please read the Celiac Disease article.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When you have celiac disease your body reacts to gluten as if it were toxic. This reaction occurs in the small intestine and ends up damaging the mucosal surface (the inner lining of the small intestine). When the mucosal surface is damaged the small intestine is not able to absorb nutrients properly. These nutrients include vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

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