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SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula: What is celiac disease?

Damage from celiac disease. (Source: WTVM) Damage from celiac disease. (Source: WTVM)
Symptoms of celiac disease. (Source: WTVM) Symptoms of celiac disease. (Source: WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – We have all heard of gluten free diets as they are a necessity for the estimated 2 million Americans with celiac disease. Dr. Paula Walker King from Columbus State University stopped by News Leader 9 Morning to tell us what celiac disease is.

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. People with celiac disease cannot eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

If a person that suffers from celiac disease eats gluten, it can trigger an immune response in their small intestines, damaging the organ’s ability to absorb nutrients and may cause intense bouts of intestinal discomfort.

Symptoms of celiac disease include: bloating, chronic diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and fatigue.

The treatment for celiac disease is a gluten free diet. Symptoms greatly improve for most people with celiac disease who stick to a gluten free diet.

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