Celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder resulting from an immune reaction to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. It involves destruction and inflammation of the inner lining of the small intestine and may lead to the malabsorption of nutrients and minerals.
This disease may affect a person of any age but it often begins in middle infancy.
Fast facts on celiac disease
- Long term effects may include anemia and malnutrition
- It is an immune disorder that causes people to become intolerant to gluten
- A gluten-free diet is only recommended for people who have situation of gluten intolerance or allergy