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Are You Really Gluten-Intolerant? Maybe Not, Monash University Study


5/8/2014 6:28:56 AM

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects less than 1% of the population of the United States (PDF). The ingestion of gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, gives rise to antibodies that attack the small intestine. At first, the symptoms are annoying: stomachaches, gas, and diarrhea. Over time, they can grow to be debilitating. The autoimmune assault corrodes the small intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients, which can prompt anemia, chronic fatigue, and weight loss. There is one treatment for celiac’s: strict, lifelong adherence to a diet that’s devoid of gluten.

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