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About Celiac Disease

Gluten FreeCeliac disease is an intestinal disorder in which the immune system responds abnormally to gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. The resulting inflammation of intestinal lining interferes with absorption of vital nutrients from food. It is also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten sensitive enteropathy.

Celiac disease has a genetic component. This means that it can run in families. Sometimes it can be triggered or becomes active for the first time after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress.

It was previously thought to be a rare disorder of childhood, but celiac disease is now known to be a more common disorder. It affects all age groups, with a prevalence of 1 in 133 people.

Learn more about Celiac Disease in our Health Information Library.

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