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What is celiac disease?

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Celiac disease involves both the digestive tract and the immune system. It's also called celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy. When you have celiac disease, eating foods with a form of protein called gluten makes your body attack your small intestine. The damage makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate, from food. You must totally avoid gluten.

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 23, 2017

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