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My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Toxic wheat effect

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.

In brief: Toxic wheat effect

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Toxic wheat effect

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.

In brief: Toxic wheat effect

Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Immune injury

Your father had an immune reaction to one or more of the proteins in gluten.
This is commonly found in wheat/rye/barley. His body developed antibodies to this protein & these mistakenly attack the intestine where it is digested. The attack injures the tissue and leads to a variety of symptoms/complications. Any future exposure to gluten can trigger new antibodies/injury.Avoidance can help it heal.

In brief: Immune injury

Your father had an immune reaction to one or more of the proteins in gluten.
This is commonly found in wheat/rye/barley. His body developed antibodies to this protein & these mistakenly attack the intestine where it is digested. The attack injures the tissue and leads to a variety of symptoms/complications. Any future exposure to gluten can trigger new antibodies/injury.Avoidance can help it heal.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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