Celiac disease (which is also called celiac sprue), is an auto immune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interfere’s with absorption of nutrients from food. Which means the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten.
Gluten is a protein which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oats. When people with celiac eat these foods containing gluten , their immune system responds by damaging the finger like villi of the small intestine.
When the villi are damaged the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to becoming malnourished.
If left untreated people with celiac can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis , thyroid disease and cancer.
Some symptoms include:
-stomach pain or bloating
-chronic foul smelling diarrhea
-adema in ankles
-itchy skin rash dermatitis
The only cure for celiac disease is to go on a gluten free diet and stay on it.