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What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients properly. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats. Many processed food products contain forms of these foods and therefore also contain the gluten protein. Celiac disease is a genetic disorder and can develop at any point of life from infancy to late adulthood.

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