Celiac sprue, or commonly known as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder that's genetic.
The little villi in one's intestines are pressed down; therefore, not making it possible for gluten to digest. Instead gluten causes damage to the little villi, in which they can disinegrate all together. The only cure to celiac sprue is a gluten-free lifestyle.
Up until recently 1 out of 133 people were estimated to have celiac disease. In the recent years, studies show 1 out of 100 people are diagnosed. This means about 1% of our population have celiac sprue.
We know first hand that it can cause a number of other disorders such as IBS symptoms, constipation, vomiting, burping, lactose intolerance, reduced bone density, thyroid disease, migraines, poor circulation, infertility, depression, fatigue, menstrual irregularity, ulcers and malnutrition.
If you are interested in knowing if your child has symptoms, click here. The Celiac Disease Foundation has accumulated a very thorough list.
If celiac disease runs in your family, it's best to get tested.
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center stated that "First degree relatives (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 22 chance of developing celiac disease in their lifetimes; in second degree relatives, (aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent) the risk is 1 in 39." For more information click here.
In order to be tested for celiac disease, one MUST be on a gluten diet.