Celiac Disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder caused by the ingestion
of gluten, which causes inflammation of the small intestine and
leads to malabsorption. Celiac disease is caused when digested wheat
produces too much of a certain protein, which causes the bloodstream
to be flooded with toxins from the small intestine. The bloodstream
sees these toxins as an infection, and promptly attacks the lining
of the small intestine. This autoimmune response leads to nutritional
deficiencies. Celiac disease affects approximately 1:120-1:300 individuals
in the European and North American populations and is considered
to be is one of the most common and under-diagnosed diseases today.
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