Life StoryAug/Sept 2008 Issue

About Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine. Experts estimate that approximately 3 million people in the United States have the disease. That’s about 1 person in 133. Ninety-five percent of the celiacs in the United States are undiagnosed. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Currently, the only treatment is life-long adherence to a gluten-free diet.

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