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Coeliac disease

Coeliac disease, also spelled celiac disease, is a long-term autoimmune disorder primarily affecting the small intestine that occurs in people who are genetically predisposed. Classic symptoms include gastrointestinal problems such as chronic diarrhoea, abdominal distention, malabsorption, loss of appetite, and among children failure to grow normally. There may be mild or absent gastrointestinal symptoms, a wide number of symptoms involving any part of the body, or no obvious symptoms. however, it may develop at any age. It is associated with other autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes mellitus type 1 and thyroiditis, among others.

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Tips from someone who has Celiac's disease: - If you think that you might have Celiac's do not, I repeat ABSOLUTELY DO NOT stop eating gluten (wheat, barley, and rye) until you have been confirmed that you do indeed have Celiac's. - Blood tests for the TTG enzyme through and IV (non-surgical) are extremely unreliable and it is highly suggested that you get a biopsy done during an endoscope to confirm your Celiac's disease. - Your life is not over. Many people after being diagnosed go into a form of depression similar to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Do not worry. You are normal and you will find things to eat again. I promise. - You might be at risk for another Auto-Immune Disease. Typically, Auto-Immune Diseases pair together and many people later develop a second condition after being diagnosed with Celiac's. The most common is Diabetes.

Contributed by Kelsey Anne McKenna

Famous People with Celiac: Elizabeth Hasselbeck, a past contestant of Survivor and multiple time guest on The View, is one of the few known celebrities with this condition. Many people may not notice the short mention of her book The G Free Diet, on Wikepedia. This book contains everything from her story of diagnosis to how people can treat this illness or toleration of this common ingredient in everyday life. This book is great for those who need a little encouragement if you are a newly diagnosed celiac or know anyone that has this newly-found disease.

Contributed by Victoria Lynne Tillie

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