Celiac Disease Health Center

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease affects over two million people in the United States, or about 1 in every 33 people. It is a digestive disorder in which the small intestine is damaged due to a reaction from eating a protein called gluten.  The damage prevents the small intestine from absorbing the nutrients from food that are important to one's health.

People with this disease cannot tolerate gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. In addition, some medicines, vitamins, and lip balms also contain gluten. If a person with celiac disease consumes...