Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disorder. When gluten is consumed, the villi of the small intestine are damaged causing an interference of nutrients from food to be properly absorbed. CD affects an estimated 1 out of every 133 people, or approximately 3 million Americans, of which only 5% or so have been diagnosed. CD does not discriminate amongst age, race, or gender. An accurate diagnosis of CD is often difficult and takes time because the symptoms can manifest differently for each affected person. A 100% gluten-free diet is required to manage CD, though there is no cure at the present time. If left undiagnosed and untreated, CD can potentially lead to other serious complications.
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