Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease Symptoms

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Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it affects people differently. There are about 300 known symptoms which may occur in the digestive system or other parts of the body. Some people with celiac disease have no symptoms at all. However, all people with celiac disease are still at risk for long-term complications, whether or not they display any symptoms. […]

What is Celiac Disease?

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.  2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. When people with celiac disease eat gluten […]

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

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Dermatitis herpetiformis, also known as DH and Duhring’s disease, is a skin manifestation of celiac disease. Extremely itchy bumps or blisters appear on both sides of the body, most often on the forearms near the elbows, knees and buttocks. What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis? Dermatitis Herpetiformis bumps and blisters resemble herpes lesions, hence the name “herpetiformis”, but are NOT […]

Gluten Sensitivity

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Gluten sensitivity is a condition with symptoms similar to those of celiac disease that improve when gluten is eliminated from the diet. People with  gluten sensitivity can experience symptoms such as “foggy mind”, depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diet, […]

Diagnosing Celiac Disease

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There are two steps to finding out if you have celiac disease: screening and diagnosis. You should always consult with a physician experienced with celiac disease to ensure proper diagnosis. Why get screened? Celiac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disorder that affects multiple parts of your body which can lead to other serious illnesses whether […]

Poorly Responsive Celiac Disease

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It is estimated that up to 30% of people diagnosed with celiac disease have persistent symptoms while on a gluten-free diet. Causes of Poorly Responsive Celiac Disease Continuing Gluten Ingestion The most common reason for persistent symptoms is continuing to ingest gluten, either knowingly or unknowingly.  Patients are encouraged to meet with a dietitian knowledgeable […]

Treatment and Follow Up

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Celiac disease is a chronic  autoimmune disease, which means that you cannot “grow out” of it. The treatment for both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. Treatment Lifelong Adherence to a Gluten-Free Diet Celiac disease is a chronic  autoimmune disease, which means that you cannot “grow out” of it. The […]

Resources

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Celiac Associations & Policies around the World; Celiac Centers & Experts; Tax Deductions; School & Education Benefits; Unemployment Benefits

Find a Healthcare Practitioner

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  The CDF Healthcare Practitioner Directory is a free listing of physicians, dietitians, mental health professionals and allied health providers in all 50 states, who treat patients with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. The Directory provides basic practice information and verification of valid license/registration. The Directory also lists if a practitioner is a CDF Medical Advisory Board member, practices at a Celiac Disease […]