Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you have celiac disease, sometimes called sprue or coeliac, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this immune reaction damages the small intestine's lining and hinders absorption of some nutrients (malabsorption). The intestinal damage often causes stomach pain, diarrhea and weight loss, and can lead to serious complications.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.
I am writing my story of celiac disease. I was diagnosed in March 2008, at the age of 73. I also want to tell my mother's story. She passed away in 1945 at the age of 30; when I was ...