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The first clinical description of Celiac disease was published in 1888.
Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans.
Of the estimated 3 million Americans who have Celiac disease, 85 percent don’t know they have it.
There is no cure, but treatment includes a gluten-free diet.
Celiac disease is genetic.
^Villi of the small intestine
“When a person with celiac disease consumes food or uses products that contain gluten, his or her immune system reacts by damaging the small intestine, and the tiny protrusions that line the small intestine called villi, are damaged or destroyed. Normally, the villi permit nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. If the villi are not healthy or have been destroyed, a person becomes malnourished regardless of the quantity of food eaten.”
The symptoms of Celiac disease are more than just gastrointestinal.
If you know anyone who has Celiac disease or even a gluten sensitivity, please be understanding. It is not an easy disease to deal with and being on a gluten-free diet is a difficult task.
I’ve had a lot of experiences with people not taking my situation seriously and it can become frustrating. When we say that we are sorry, but we can’t eat that, just say okay. Don’t ask us to just try a little taste, or to pick out an ingredient, because we can’t! You have no idea how badly we would love to eat it, but we can’t!
If you have friends or family who have Celiac disease, please educate yourself about what they can’t eat. You will be surprised to learn how many products have even tiny amounts of gluten. Gluten doesn’t just make us feel sick, but it harms our bodies.