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Celiac Disease - What Increases Your Risk

The risk for celiac disease may run in the family. If a close relative (parent, child, or sibling) has it, your chances of having it are higher.

When a person has inherited this risk, an infection or something else in the environment can trigger changes in the small intestine and cause celiac disease.

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When Jennifer Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, the actress was shocked and relieved. "It was hard, but it was also the day I realized the person I once knew as 'me' was gone," says Esposito, 39, who plays detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS hit police drama Blue Bloods. Misleading advice and a delayed diagnosis cost Esposito precious "life" time as she searched for the reasons behind a litany of unexplained ailments, she says. Now she's determined to save others from...

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Also, celiac disease is more common in people who have:

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 29, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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