Celiac Disease is the inability to digest the gluten in wheat, rye, triticale, barley or oats. It is not the same as the gluten in corn or rice.

Eating foods with gluten damages the lining of the small intestine. Since this is where food is digested and absorbed, the body doesn't get any nutrients.

A strict, gluten-free diet is the only way to control this condition. Without the special diet, sufferers can develop anemia, bone problems, or even nerve damage.

KidsHealth: Celiac Disease
[ Kids ] Learn what it is, some signs and symptoms, and how it is treated. Includes tips to avoid gluten in food.
KidsHealth: Recipes for Kids With Celiac Disease
[ Kids ] Gluten-free recipes include popsicles, quesadillas, and cheesecake squares.
TeensHealth: Celiac Disease
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn why lots of people with the disease don't know they have it, how it's diagnosed, and what foods to avoid.
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