Celiac - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Celiac disease is characterized by an intolerance to gluten which compromises the digestion of certain nutrients. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. A diet which is too diverse too early, but also a genetic predisposition are factors causing celiac disease. Children and women are the most affected. Symptoms include fatigue, chronic diarrhea, or unexplained weight loss despite good food intake. A strict gluten-free diet is essential in cases of celiac disease which is causes nutritional deficiencies that must be compensated.

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