, an affecting millions of Americans, is becoming more and more common, yet many people know little or nothing about the disease. I have celiac disease and I talk about it a lot. It is a huge part of my life — it controls everything I eat, where I eat it, the I can take, and even what lipgloss I can wear. In my many discussions about celiac disease with friends, family, servers, colleagues, grocery store clerks, and others I find that people are usually very interested in knowing more about the disease. Because celiac disease affects crucial parts of living — like eating and taking — it is important that everyone understand a few basic things about celiac disease. Here are 10 things everyone should know about celiac disease.

1. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. When people with celiac disease eat gluten it causes an immune response in which their and damages the lining of the . This damage stops the body from absorbing nutrients properly. Celiac disease is not an or intolerance to gluten

Celiac Disease 10 Things Everyone Should Know

About Robert Hill

I founded IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, from my home base in Vancouver, British Columbia. Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society IDEAS is established to raise public awareness of intestinal diseases in order to help remove the stigmas associated with these illnesses. The programs of IDEAS help children, youth and young adults learn to live full lives, find acceptance and gain confidence.

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