Celiac Disease For Dummies
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For people with celiac disease, consuming gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains — leads to damage to the lining of the small intestine, resulting in the inability to properly absorb nutrients into the body. Left untreated or insufficiently treated, celiac disease can lead to damage to other organs. If properly treated, celiac disease typically leads to . . . nothing! These articles indicate who should be screened for celiac disease, highlight some of the disease’s most common symptoms, offer some valuable hints on shopping for food to ensure your diet is gluten-free, and provide tips on living healthfully with celiac disease.

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Ian Blumer, MD, is a specialist in internal medicine in Ontario, Canada and has an appointment with the University of Toronto. He is on the executive committee of the Clinical & Scientific Section of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Blumer lectures across North America and appears regularly on television, radio, and other media. Sheila Crowe, MD, is a professor of medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in digestive diseases including celiac disease.

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