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A Life with Celiac Disease and What it Means for Patients

More About Celiac Disease

People with celiac disease are allergic to gluten, the generic name for a group of proteins found in most grain products, it can quite literally be considered a glue that helps food to retain its shape. When gluten is consumed by people with celiac their bodies cause the immune system to attack the small intestine. The villi inside of the intestines, the small protrusions that are responsible for absorbing nutrients, become damaged over time and the nutrients from food cannot be absorbed into the body.

Although the difficulty of managing celiac disease can’t be stressed enough what with monitoring the disease to make sure that the patient is getting sufficient nutrition through what they consume, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence nor does it need to be a life of wanting. There are many gluten free products that are just as good and some may argue better than traditional products.