ASK Research Program

Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes

Anschutz Medical Campus

1775 Aurora Court, 2nd Floor

Aurora, Colorado  80045

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Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease (CD) is an autoimmune disease — that means your immune system is attacking your own body.

 

People with CD cannot eat gluten. Gluten is found in most cereals, breads and pastas. It is also hidden in many other foods like vinegar, soy sauce, and even some ice cream. 

 

When a person with CD eats gluten, it triggers inflammation in the intestines. Even if there are no symptoms, there can be serious risks of poor growth, weakened bones and increased risk of some cancers.

 

Symptoms of Celiac Disease include:

  • Poor growth

  • Stomach aches, being gassy or bloated

  • Chronic diarrhea, vomiting, constipation

 

What can help?

A gluten-free diet prevents symptoms and complications of CD.