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Celiac Disease: Basic Facts

In celiac disease (once known as celiac sprue), consumption of a protein called gluten (present in wheat, barley, and rye) causes the body's immune system to attack and damage the small intestine. Presently, the only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet.
  1. Celiac Disease FAQs (18)

What Is Celiac Disease?
What is celiac disease? Learn what causes celiac disease, how to get diagnosed, and how to treat this common -- and under-recognized -- condition.

What Causes Celiac Disease?
What causes celiac disease? Your genes play a role, but there are several other factors involved.

Coeliac Disease
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye, and sometimes in oats) causes the body’s immune system to attack and damage the small intestine.

Celiac Disease: An Overview
Basic Facts about Celiac Disease

Learning to Cope with Celiac Disease
For people with celiac disease, the gluten-free diet is a huge life change that requires major emotional and physical adjustments. These 8 steps will help you learn to cope with the gluten-free diet.

Tools to Help You Learn about the Gluten-Free Diet
These helpful tools will help you learn about the gluten-free diet: what you CAN eat, what you can't, kitchen safety, and more.

How Do I Find a Celiac Disease Doctor?
If you need to find a doctor who's familiar with the diagnosis and management of patients with celiac disease, you have several options.

Table of Safe and Unsafe Grains
Grain guidelines for people with celiac disease.

You Need to Be Gluten Free. Now What?
Presently, the only treatment for celiac disease is life-long adherence to a gluten-free diet. What exactly does that mean?

Celiac Disease: Myths and Misperceptions
Unfortunately, many celiac disease myths persist among patients and family members. Let's clear them up.

Side Effects of the Gluten-Free Diet
The gluten-free diet -- essential for people with celiac disease -- can increase the risk of excess weight gain, vitamin deficiencies, and high cholesterol.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Dermatitis herpetiformis is a painful skin disease caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten.

Tips For Gluten-Free Safety at Home
The entire household needs to participate in gluten-free safety efforts. Here's how.

Allergy vs. Autoimmune Disorder: What's the Difference?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, not an allergy. Read about what makes the conditions different.

Información Sobre la Enfermedad Celíaca
Qué es la enfermedad celíaca? ¿Dónde puedo obtener más información sobre la enfermedad celíaca?

Celiac Disease Information in Spanish
The Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign of the National Institutes of Health offers a free 20-page booklet of information about celiac disease, in Spanish.

Coping with Celiac Disease - Coping with a Gluten-Free Diet
Starting (and sticking to) a gluten-free diet requires major emotional and physical adjustments. Throughout this site, I've provided tips for coping with a celiac disease diagnosis and a gluten-free diet, and now I'm hoping that you have some tips of your own to share, too.

Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac Disease
Learn the differences between gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, both in symptoms and health risks.

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