Celiac disease

People who have celiac disease are allergic to gluten (a protein found in some grains). When they eat something that has gluten, their immune system thinks it is a dangerous invader and activates inflammation in the small intestine. Too much exposure to gluten could damage their small intestine, making it harder for their digestive system to absorb nutrients from their food.

Celiac disease affects everyone differently. Some people experience no symptoms at all, while others may be depressed, tired and irritable. Physical symptoms can also include seizures, missed periods and infertility. Some will feel it in their digestive system, with cramping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, especially if they are young.

There is no cure for celiac disease. The only treatment is to avoid gluten, and usually, the damage to the small intestine is reversed within 6 months.

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