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How to Control Celiac Disease

Abdominal PainIf you or a loved one have celiac disease, wellness is within your grasp.

Celiac disease affects both children and adults. Inflammation of the small intestinal lining, caused by an immune reaction to gluten-containing foods, decreases the absorption of nutrients — including vitamins and key minerals. The result is “malabsorption” of carbohydrates, fats and sometimes proteins.

Symptoms — gas and bloating, changes in bowel patterns, weight loss, weakness and fatigue — range from mild to severe. Fortunately, they can almost always be improved with a gluten-free diet.

Cleveland Clinic digestive disease specialist Donald Kirby, MD, explains that celiac disease is unique among the spectrum of autoimmune diseases. That’s because we understand its genetics and environmental triggers — namely, wheat, rye and barley.

Learn more about this unique autoimmune disorder