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What does it mean to have celiac disease? My aunt wants to know.
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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
23 doctors agree
In brief: Gluten sensitivity
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts to proteins found in various grain products - principally in barley, rye, wheat, spelt.
In children we can see failure to thrive, rashes and abdominal complaints. Recognition in adults has been increasing and can include various abdominal/gi complaints in addition to anemia, weakness and many other issues.

In brief: Gluten sensitivity
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the body reacts to proteins found in various grain products - principally in barley, rye, wheat, spelt.
In children we can see failure to thrive, rashes and abdominal complaints. Recognition in adults has been increasing and can include various abdominal/gi complaints in addition to anemia, weakness and many other issues.
Dr. Joel Selter
Dr. Joel Selter
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Gluten poisoning
Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The damage 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: Gluten poisoning
Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine.
The damage 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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