[2015] Nancy Lopez: Celiac Disease

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[2015] Nancy Lopez: Celiac Disease

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. In some people who are exposed to gluten in their diet, an enzyme called tissue transglutaminase changes the gluten into a chemical that causes an immune response, leading to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine. The normal villi that make up the lining of the intestine are blunted and destroyed, preventing the normal absorption of nutrients from the diet.

-diarrhea,-bloating,-gas (flatulence, farting),-swollen ankles (edema),-anemia,-fatigue,-vitamin K deficiency, and.-excessive bruising and bleeding.



Most patients who have celiac disease begin to feel better soon after starting the gluten-free diet. Healing of the small intestine begins immediately. Patients who begin a strict, gluten-free diet immediately after diagnosis have the best chance of living a healthy and active life. Full recovery can take a few months to several years.


Celiac DiseaseNancy and Ashley


Celiac disease can't be prevented.If you already have celiac disease, you can prevent symptoms-and damage to your small intestine-by eating a gluten-free diet.


-An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.-Celiac disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.-It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.




No surgery is required. No medication is required. The only known treatment for celiac disease to date is a gluten-free diet.


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