May Celiac Awareness Month

Posted by Colleen

What is Celiac Disease?  Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that causes damage to the villi of the small intestine, and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat. Basically, the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes the gluten protein.

Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the gluten protein which is found in wheat, barley and rye.

What is “gluten intolerance” and “gluten sensitivity”? The term gluten intolerance is not being used any longer instead clinicians and researchers use the term gluten sensitivity.  If a person is experiencing symptoms that seem to be related to gluten, it may be possible that the person has non-celiac gluten sensitivity or “gluten sensitivity”.

Celiac is related to a number of other conditions such as infertility, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease as posted on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website.

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