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Celiac Disease

An autoimmune illness that runs in families
What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune illness that occurs in response to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

The immune system of individuals with Celiac Disease reacts to gluten in the diet, setting off a chain of inflammation that can affect their:

  • Digestive Tract

  • Skin

  • Nervous System (Cerebellum)

Who is at risk of getting Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease runs in families as do other autoimmune illnesses.  If you have a 1st degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who has Celiac Disease, your chance of developing it is 1 in 10.


Celiac Disease can start at any age in response to a diet that contains gluten. Undiagnosed Celiac Disease can lead to multiple health problems for both children and adults. An individual from a that occurs in response to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

What are the symptoms of Celiac Disease?

The most common symptoms of Celiac Disease include:

  • Digestive symptoms: bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea or constipation.

  • Weight Loss 

  • Malnutrition

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Itchy skin rash

  • Neurological symptoms

How can I find out if I have Celiac Disease?

A functional medicine consultation will examine your health history and family history for signs and symptoms that point to Celiac Disease.

Blood testing to detect the presence of antibodies to the enzymes that breakdown gluten is often the first step toward diagnosing Celiac Disease.

  • In some cases, additional testing may be necessary.

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