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5 Reasons Celiac Disease Is About More Than My Stomach

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When you look up “what is celiac disease” online or receive a celiac diagnosis, it may seem like a simple disease at first.

In fact, when I’m explaining my condition to new friends, I often just say, “Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which ingesting gluten damages the intestines.” However, in the seven years since my celiac diagnosis, I’ve realized something: the answer to “What is celiac disease?” can be pretty complicated…because celiac disease is about waaaaay more than just my intestines.

Not sure what I mean? In honor of Celiac Awareness Month (and raising celiac awareness all year round!), here are five reasons celiac disease is about much more than my stomach.

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