What is Celiac Disease? (Definition)
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. Celiac disease is caused by a reaction to gluten, which are various proteins found in wheat and in other grains such as barley, and rye. Moderate quantities of oats, free of contamination with other gluten-containing grains, are usually tolerated but problems may depend on the type consumed. The disease can cause long-term digestive problems and keep you from getting nutrients you need.
Doctors treat celiac disease by prescribing a gluten-free diet. Symptoms significantly improve for most people who follow a gluten-free diet.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, digestive symptoms are more common in children and can include:
- bloating, or a feeling of fullness or swelling in the abdomen
- chronic diarrhea
- stomach pain
- pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stools that float
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Celiac Research News: Gluten-free diet may not reduce intestinal damage in all children with celiac disease