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Podcast Script: Hello to all my listeners out there! My name is Kelsey Felter. I am a dietetic intern with the University of Maryland. My podcast today will be covering a brief synopsis of what celiac disease is and why gluten free diets are so important for people with this disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. This means that this disease occurs from the body’s immune system attacking itself. So what causes the body to attack itself? The answer is gluten! For people with celiac disease, eating gluten causes the small intestine to become damaged. The lining of the small intestine is covered by microvilli. Let’s think of these microvilli as mailboxes! In a person without celiac disease, these mailboxes can open and close normally to receive and accept vitamins and minerals. This is how your body stays healthy! In a person with celiac disease, gluten causes these mailboxes to become damaged and important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients cannot be received by the body. This leads to diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting and weight loss. This is why cutting out gluten is so important for people diagnosed with celiac disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, Celiac Disease affects 0.5-1.0% of people living in the United States. Celiac Disease should not be self diagnosed because diagnosis of one family member means that other family members could have this disease as well. Therefore it is important to see your doctor to be tested and confirm whether this condition is present in your family. It is also important not to self diagnose because cutting out gluten simply on the idea that maybe you have celiac disease can mean cutting out an essential food group from your diet – whole grains! Grains provide many essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy and sustainable life. Please reach out to your doctor if you have any concerns about celiac disease in your family.
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