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    Celiac Disease Causes/Risk Factors

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    Celiac.com 02/08/2007 - While celiac disease can affect anyone, it is more rare in Africans and Asians, and occurs most frequently in whites of Northern European ancestry, and in people with autoimmune disorders, such as:



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    Also, celiac disease and the tendency to get celiac disease runs in families. If one member of a family has celiac disease, the odds are that about one in ten of their first-degree relatives will also have it. People may harbor this tendency for years or even decades without showing signs or getting sick. Then, some kind of severe stress, like childbirth, infection, physical injury, or surgery can "activate" celiac disease.

    While the precise mechanism of this activation, and of the intestinal damage is unclear, removal of gluten from the diet usually brings about quick relief of symptoms and promotes intestinal healing in most patients.

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    Down here in Argentina, we need a Government support in order to afford the pricing gap between gluten-free food and rest of meals. Any clue?

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    Thank you for the information, I was surprised this weekend while taking an 8 year old out for breakfast and was told she was a celiac. I have worked with 2 ladies who have it and they explained some of the problems arising from it. I was able to assist this child and answer her questions. One of which how do you know about celiacs? I explained the above to her and she was happy.

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    You seem to be missing the major cause of the disease: Infant formula.

    I was never on infant formula. Neither was my 90-year old great aunt who has celaic. How does it cause celaic???

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    You seem to be missing the major cause of the disease: Infant formula.

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    If infant formula were the major cause, then I believe my entire family would have celiac. But they don't. I have friends who had no formula and they DO have celiac? If I had been able to breastfeed my children, I would have. They had formula and are very healthy.

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    The general public's ignorance of the cause and treatment (dietary restrictions) of celiac disease is a source of continued problems. I have been given gluten-laden food by close relatives who know of my condition. It is as if they do not care or acknowledge the diet required to live with this terrible sensitivity. My son's mother refuses to believe I have celiac, and she is a RN. My son was finally tested and he is positive but she has convinced him that he does not have a problem. She is supposed to be a health care professional so I guess it is understandable that common people have no understanding.

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    The general public's ignorance of the cause and treatment (dietary restrictions) of celiac disease is a source of continued problems. I have been given gluten-laden food by close relatives who know of my condition. It is as if they do not care or acknowledge the diet required to live with this terrible sensitivity. My son's mother refuses to believe I have celiac, and she is a RN. My son was finally tested and he is positive but she has convinced him that he does not have a problem. She is supposed to be a health care professional so I guess it is understandable that common people have no understanding.

    Here is a great article on this topic:

    https://www.celiac.com/articles/22067/1/Dealing-with-Denial-by-Danna-Korn/Page1.html

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