Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.
It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
There are currently no medications or surgical options that treat celiac disease. Most doctors will recommend a total gluten-free diet, while avoiding some other foods as well.