Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine as a result of an allergy to gluten infection. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

Approximately 1 percent of Americans have celiac disease. A majority of these people are undiagnosed. The symptoms of this disease can vary from person to person. Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a blood test and/or biopsy of the small bowel.


Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating or gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Delayed growth
  • Thin bones
  • Anemia
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Itchy skin rash
  • Irritability
  • Tingling / numbness
  • Discolored teeth
  • Pale mouth sores
  • Joint pain
  • Infertility