Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person eats gluten, the body’s immune system attacks the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of the gluten and other important nutrients. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley (and to a lesser extent oats). Celiac disease is not a wheat allergy. It is an intolerance to the gluten protein that is found in wheat.
Symptoms of Celiac disease may include: weight loss, fatigue, skin rashes, bloating, stomach aches, diarrhea and/or constipation, short stature, delayed puberty as well as other more serious systemic symptoms.
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