is a problem some people have with foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a kind
of protein found in foods like bread, crackers, and pasta. When a person with
celiac disease eats gluten, the body's natural defense system (immune system) attacks the gluten and damages the
Symptoms of celiac disease can include gas,
bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, and vomiting. Stools may be
bulky, loose, and more frequent. The damage to the intestine also makes it hard
for your body to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. This can lead
osteoporosis or both.
can help you learn more about how to eat so you can manage your symptoms,
prevent long-term problems, and still get the nutrition you need.
- Untreated celiac disease can make it hard for
you to get the nutrients you need. Eating a variety of healthy foods that do
not have gluten can help you keep your weight up and stay
- The main treatment for celiac disease is to avoid eating
any foods that contain gluten. Even the smallest amount of gluten is harmful
and can cause symptoms in some people.
- Even if you don't have
symptoms, you still need to avoid gluten totally to prevent damage to the
intestines and long-term problems.
- Some people with celiac disease
need to avoid cow's milk and milk products when they first begin treatment.
Most people can slowly add dairy foods back into their diet as the intestine
heals. But they will still need to avoid foods with gluten for the rest of
If you have questions about following a gluten-free
eating plan for celiac disease, talk to your doctor or dietitian.