Celiac Disease Health Center

Science hasn't yet discovered the exact cause of celiac disease, but genetic factors appear to play a role. The Celiac Disease Foundation reports that those with a first-degree relative who has the disease have a 1 out of 10 chance of having it, too.

The disease has also been known to appear after events that heavily affect the body, such as emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth, infections and surgery.

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June 13, 2012
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August 6, 2014