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Transcript of Celiac Disease
What are the symptoms?
Some people have no symptoms
How Common is Celiac Disease?
Approximately 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease
How is celiac disease diagnosed?
Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a blood test and confirmed with a biopsy of the small intestine.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine. When gluten is ingested, the sticky gluten protein adheres to the villi in the small intestine. The body sees gluten as an invader and starts to attack itself. It destroys the villi, and the body cannot absorb nutrients properly.
What is the cause of Celiac Disease? What are the risk factors?
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder and is inherited. You can carry the gene for celiac disease and not have any symptoms.
Risk factors include:
What is the treatment for celiac disease?
Treatment is adherence to a strict gluten free diet. Your doctor will help you decide if you need any nutritional supplements.
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