Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting 1 out of every 150 American children and adults. A person with celiac disease is unable to eat foods containing gluten, which is found in wheat and other grains like barley and rye. When eaten, it sets off an autoimmune reaction causing the destruction of healthy villi in the small intestine. These villi facilitate the absorption of nutrients into our bodies from the food we eat.
Symptoms include abdomen pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, and skin rashes or lesions.
To be detected, you should have a blood test and small intestine biopsy.
For any questions about celiac disease fell free to contact your Hy-Vee dietitian or visit www.celiac.org
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