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.  Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. When people with celiac disease […]

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, as well as on knees and buttocks. What is Dermatitis Herpetiformis? Dermatitis Herpetiformis bumps and blisters resemble herpes lesions, hence the name […]

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 […]

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 treatment for […]

Poorly Responsive Celiac Disease

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It is estimated that up to 20% 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 […]

Celiac Disease and Vaccinations

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For people with celiac disease, vaccinations tend to work just as effectively as they do for the general population with one notable exception: hepatitis B. Celiac disease testing is recommended for non-responders to the hepatitis B vaccine who are not already diagnosed. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where […]

Celiac Disease and Diabetes

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Type 1 Diabetes In cases of type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys the specialized cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. When the body can no longer produce sufficient insulin (a protein that regulates blood glucose concentration) the resulting chronically high glucose levels in the blood (hyperglycemia) cause blood vessel and nerve […]

Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease

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Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease together make up a category of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease (commonly abbreviated as IBD, not to be confused with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome). Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from where food enters your body in the mouth, to the anus. Symptoms vary with the […]

Future Therapies for Celiac Disease

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Currently, the typical treatment for a patient diagnosed with celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Keeping to a diet completely free of gluten can be very costly and challenging. Many patients’ intestines don’t heal completely while on a gluten-free diet, most often due to a failure to adhere to the gluten-free diet […]

Research Studies

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Are you interested in getting involved in research to further our understanding of celiac disease? See below for information about opportunities to become a participant in research studies.  Please check back later for opportunities.

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 Center or […]