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Celiac disease (CD) is also referred to as gluten sensitive enteropathy
(GSE), gluten intolerance, or celiac sprue. It is considered to
be the most under-diagnosed common disease today, potentially affecting
1 in every 133 people in the USA. It is a chronic, inherited disease,
and if untreated can ultimately lead to malnutrition. Gluten intolerance
is the result of an immune-mediated response to the ingestion of
gluten (from wheat, rye, and barley) that damages the small intestine.
Nutrients then quickly passed through the small intestine, rather
than being absorbed.
To develop celiac disease (CD) three (3) things
must be present:
1) you must inherit the gene,
2) consume gluten, and
3) have the gene triggered.
Common triggers may include stress,
trauma (surgeries, pregnancy, etc.), and viral infections. Approximately
1 in 20 first-degree relatives could have CD triggered in their
lifetime. The disease is permanent and damage to the small intestine
will occur every time you consume gluten, regardless if symptoms
To learn more about the recently published multi-center prevalence
study of celiac disease visit, www.celiaccenter.org.
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