It is estimated that about 2 million Americans, or approximately 1 in 133 people in the United States, suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is a genetic disease which causes damage to the small intestines when individuals ingest gluten. Gluten is a common protein found in a variety of foods, especially wheat, barley and rye products. It can effect both children and adults. The only current treatment available for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet. Increasingly, even individuals without celiac disease have begun to adopt gluten-free diets as well.
The Library has a wide variety of books and other resources focused on celiac disease and gluten-free diets. We have compiled a booklist of some of these resources, but there are many more available. The following are helpful online resources and organizations that provide information about celiac disease, or gluten-free diets:
The National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases provides a good introduction to celiac disease written in plain language. They also provide a basic list of foods you should and should not eat if you suffer from celiac disease.
The Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation publishes a gluten-free diet guide for families (opens as PDF) that can be used as a guide for starting a gluten-free diet.
MedlinePlus also has a large list of resources focused on general information, diagnosis, treatment, disease management and current news related to celiac disease.
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