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Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. The disease affects about one in 100 people in Europe and North America.1
1Freeman HJ, Chopra A, Clandinin MT, Thomson ABR. Recent advances in celiac disease. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011;17(18):2259–2271.
Many physicians consider celiac disease exceedingly rare because they say they have never seen someone present with it. But with such varied symptoms, celiac disease is being missed or misdiagnosed.
The National Institutes of Health Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign provides current, comprehensive, science-based information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. The Awareness Campaign is an initiative of the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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