The Mystery Behind Celiac Disease
Researchers and doctors alike still struggle to understand celiac disease. Researchers know that when patients with celiac disease consume gluten, it triggers a severe immune response that damages the small intestine. The mystery still remains as to how this disease has come about. Some researchers have found a link between iron deficiency and celiac disease, while others have found no common relation that actually sparks the disease. The autoimmune disease is genetic, but that is all that is known at this time. A popular belief among researchers is that different events may trigger celiac and make it active in people who already have the disease present in their bodies.
International studies show that 1 out of every 100 people have celiac disease. This means that over 3 million Americans are affected by the disease, but only 3% have been officially diagnosed with it. The disease is a autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine when ingesting gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley, so people with celiac should avoid those foods. Even a small amount of gluten will ignite multiple symptoms within the body.