Celiac disease is a difficult-to-diagnose genetic autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive tract—primarily the small intestine, where damaged villi are unable to properly absorb nutrients. According to BeyondCeliac.org, an estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease. There is currently no medical or pharmaceutical treatment or cure available—at this time, the only known management technique is a completely gluten-free diet.
Celiac disease can cause a host of medical problems for affected individuals, including severe digestive issues, anemia, malnutrition, joint pain, thin bones, extreme fatigue, and more. It can also have a significant negative effect on teeth and overall oral health.