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What should you know about celiac disease?

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When you have celiac disease, your immune system reacts to foods with gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, or rye. If you have it and eat cereal, bread, or other foods that contain gluten, you can get very sick.

Both kids and adults can have the disease. About 1% of people have it. Some people who don't eat gluten may be sensitive to it, but they don't have celiac disease.

From: Is It Celiac or IBS? WebMD Medical Reference

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Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

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Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cash B. . Published online July 2011. Gastroenterology

Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

SutterHealth.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation.

Rubio-Tapia A. . Published online July 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biesiekierski J. . Published online January 2011. American Journal of Gastroenterology

National Institutes of Health: "What is celiac disease?"

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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