Celiac Disease Health Center

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a genetic intolerance of gluten, found in grains like wheat and barley, that can cause damage to the small intestine. Celiac disease can develop at any age, but the risk for the condition is greater for those related to someone who also has it.

If you have celiac disease, eating any food with gluten in it can cause your immune system to damage parts of your small intestine that help absorb nutrients. Too much damage to these areas can lead to other illnesses in the future, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis.