Information on Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with nutrient absorption. The condition can cause a wide range of symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal (stomach) pain, and depression. People with celiac cannot tolerate gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley.
In order to stay well, people with celiac disease must avoid foods and products containing gluten for the rest of their lives. Researchers are still trying to determine the exact cause or causes, but they believe that the disease is a type of autoimmune disorder and that certain genes and environmental factors play a role in its development.
(Click Celiac Disease for more information about possible symptoms and complications of the disorder, as well as how it is diagnosed.)