If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley. It is found mainly in foods but may also be in other products like medicines, vitamins and even the glue on stamps and envelopes.
Celiac disease affects each person differently. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system, or in other parts of the body. One person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person may be irritable or depressed. Irritability is one of the most common symptoms in children. Some people have no symptoms.
Celiac disease is genetic. Blood tests can help your doctor diagnose the disease. Your doctor may also need to examine a small piece of tissue from your small intestine. Treatment is a diet free of gluten.
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- Celiac Disease, National Institutes of Health
- This site offers educational materials and resources, information on research and clinical trials, recipes and resources for people with the disease.
- Celiac Disease, Mayo Clinic
- This page on the Mayo Clinic site offers basic information on symptoms, risk factors, when to seek medical advice, screening, complications, treatment and self-care.
- Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
- This institution is engaged in clinical care, diagnostic support, education, and clinical and basic science research in celiac disease. The website offers a fact sheet, information on research and clinical trials as well as relevant scientific articles.
Groups Dedicated to Support
- National Celiac Association
- The country's largest nonprofit group dedicated to those with celiac disease offers a variety of information, from symptoms and treatment to diet and lifestyle resources.
- Search for a Local Support Group, HealthInfoSource.com
- Search this site for a support group by typing in "celiac" as the keyword.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about nutrition and diet, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
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