[Updated July 6, 2015]

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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body reacts abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When people with celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten, an immune-mediated toxic reaction causes damage to their small intestine, as well as to other systems in the body.

Celiac disease affects about 1 in 133 people, an estimated 3 million Americans. Approximately 85 percent of these people are thought to be undiagnosed. For more information on Celiac Disease, please read What is Celiac Disease?

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

For years, many people reported having celiac-like symptoms—abdominal pain, fatigue, foggy mind, joint pain, tingling of the extremities, even depression—but they repeatedly tested negative for celiac disease—and responded positively to the gluten-free diet. Now specialists recognize...more

Research Roundup: Celiacs in College, Probiotic Impact on Gut Biome, & More!

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Research Roundup: Celiacs in College, Probiotic Impact on Gut Biome, & More!

According to a survey conducted by the New England Celiac Organization (NECO), almost half of college students with celiac disease say that eating gluten-free on campus is a problem. Students reported gluten cross-contamination in campus cafeterias, difficulty socializing due to embarrassment related to food and challenges advocating for themselves with untrained food staff. Thirty percent of those surveyed said they found “no solution” to their dietary restrictions on campus. Sixty percent were unlikely to recommend their university to others with celiac disease.

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