Celiac Disease

A disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten leading to difficulty in digesting food.

Celiac disease is a very illness. This picture tells us what celiac disease is and what it affects people that have it.


people with Celiac Disease often will have:

Abdominal bloating pain               vomiting

Chronic diarrhea                           Fatigue

Weight loss                                   Delayed growth and puberty

Constipation                                 Short Stature

As you see these symptoms are common to a lot of illnesses. Celiac disease is very hard to diagnose. 


The body's immune system is suppose to protect it from different invaders. When people that have this disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which then attack the intestinal lining.


1 in 141 people in the United States have Celiac Disease. Even though it oftens goes undiagnosed.

6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.

Celiac disease can leas to many other disorders like infertility, reduced bone density, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.

There is no medicine treatment for this disease

Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed $5 billion by 2015.

5-22% of celiac patients have an immediate family member who also has celiac.


Celiac disease is very hard to diagnose it take years. Blood test are performed to look for  gluten autoantibodies.

A bowel biopsy is done to assess gut damage. This also helps determine tolerance or measurement of digestion is going through the body.


There is no treatment for celiac disease. The only thing a doctor will do is make sure the patient is on a gluten free diet. The patient must stay away from foods made from wheat, rye, and barley.  patients much out for vitamins that contain gluten. Some patients tolerance it different, some can have a little bit of gluten and some can not have it at all.

Things that need to be avoid if you are diagnosed with celiac disease:

Milk most celiac patients are lactose intolerant.


Vitamins that have gluten in it.

Alcohol beverages without barley.

And many more.....

This picture is an example of a patient's intestine with and without gluten

        Effective teaching strategies

Some great teaching strategies are teaching about different ingredients in foods. Teaching how to eat healthy is also very important. Helping people understand where to look for the ingredients will allow them to go to the store and actually pick up the right foods that they need. Teachers should talk their students about all these things.


Celiac disease foundation. http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/resources/ is a awesome website to find great facts about the disease also has a lists of things people who have the disease can eat.

Celiac disease association NFCA http://www.celiaccentral.org/Resources/22/ has great recipes for patients with the disease. Has a great guide for the disease.

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2 years ago

People who have Celiac Disease will: