Celiac Disease
Exposing the World of Gluten
by: Martin Wirtz
EDU-214 Spring 2015

What is Celiac Disease?

  • 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with Celiac Disease
  • Celiac Disease is where the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty digesting food.
  • Gluten is a type of protein found in rye, barley, and wheat.
  • Celiac Disease causes the lining of the small intestines to inflame and leads to difficulty absorbing nutrients.
  • The small intestine is lined with finger like projections called Villi that help absorb the nutrients from food

  • What happens is when people with celiac disease eat the gluten these Villi are then damaged(as shown in the image above) causing nutrients to no longer be absorbed which can then lead to a weakening of the immune system and lead to severe effects on the body.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

  • People who have Celiac Disease Can experience a wide range of symptoms; the most common are as follows
  1. -Pain: in the abdominal area and joints
  2. - Digestive issues: ranging from belching and diarrhea to vomiting and acid reflux
  3. - Skin rashes
  4. - Weight Loss
  5. - Iron Deficiency
  • Celiac disease left untreated can lead to all sorts of lifelong illnesses such as diabetes, anemia, and infertility. To read more about other major effects of Celiac Disease visit this site

Living With Celiac Disease

One thing that some people neglect to understand is that though Celiac Disease is something you will live with your whole life it is very manageable

The number one thing you want to do if you have Celiac Disease is maintain a very strict diet. Most people don't realize that this is the only way to deal with Celiac Disease.

The most common things to avoid are as follows

  1. Barley
  2. Beer
  3. Bread
  4. Pasta
  5. Malt Beverages

For an extensive list of Common and Uncommon foods to avoid check out this site

What's most important?

In summary, what's most important to recognize is that it Celiac Disease can commonly go undiagnosed, which is a scary fact considering the lasting effects it can have on the body. Research shows that a majority of diagnoses aren't made until people are in their 20's or older. It is important to be aware of the symptoms of Celiac disease and if you experience any of these symptoms it would be in your best interest to see a doctor regarding the issues you're dealing with, so that if it is Celiac Disease you can take control of the disease before damaging effects occur.


Celiac Disease Foundation - (Celiac Disease Foundation)


Foods to Avoid for Celiac Disease (www.joybauer.com)


Celiac Disease Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Tests, & More (WebMD)


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