Celiac disease is an immune system condition in which people cannot consume gluten because it damages their small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It can also be found in vitamins, supplements, hair and skin products, toothpaste and lip balms. Celiac disease affects each person differently.
Symptoms may occur in the digestive system or in other parts of the body. One person may have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another may feel irritable or depressed. Irritability is one of the most common symptoms in children. Some people have no symptoms. (medlineplus.gov)
Approximately 1.76 million people with celiac disease in the United States. About 2.7 million people follow a gluten-free diet even though they do not have celiac disease, the findings showed. (consumer.healthday.com)
The medical information provided on this site about celiac disease has been prepared by medical professionals and should only be used with the advice of your physician or health care professional.
At Alpha Research Institute, the disease is being studied so that efforts can be pooled to improve the lives of people with the condition. Those interested in participating will be provided with transportation throughout the Houston area and financial compensation of up to $50.
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