McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

What is Celiac disease?

Celiac disease (CD) is a common disorder that is estimated to affect about one percent of the population. It is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins present in wheat, rye and barley and their cross bred grains. The damage to the intestine can lead to a variety of symptoms and result in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health.

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Who knew eating bread could be bad? Celiac disease is a serious condition that can damage your intestinal walls if your body is unable to properly digest gluten proteins. This video educates the public about autoimmune disorders and diseases with a specific focus on celiac disease. Symptoms and causes of celiac disease are listed. Presented in a newscast format, actors portray a doctor with a patient who has been diagnosed with celiac disease. The patient explains how she was diagnosed and her lifestyle changes.

— Video by Hayley Duff, Sabrina Garritano, Angelica Dimita and Desmond Chan


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