Celiac Disease

Hi my name is Andrew Gregarczyk and i have Celiac Disease, Im here to talk to my family members and future parents about Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease- is a disease or a condition that damages the small intestine lining that prevents the stomach from absorbing the important foods to keep the body healthly. The cause of CD or Celiac Disease is unkown and there is no cure for the disease at the moment. The damage from the disease is caused from eating wheats and oats. People like me with Celiac Disease should create a diet or eating habit that stays away from wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. People like me that has Celiac Disease has to watch out for everyday items like medicines to lip balm. When we go to public places such as school we have to watch out for others that have bread because it could effect us as well. More than 2 million people in the United States have Celiac Disease, or about 1 in 133 people. So during hoildays we have to make gluten free food.


There are many symptoms shown from a person with Celiac Disease. Some of the common symptoms are
  • Abdominal cramping, intestinal gas
  • Distention and bloating of the stomachCDpic1.jpg
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
  • Steatorrhea – fatty stools
  • Anemia – unexplained, due to folic acid, B12 or iron deficiency (or all)
  • Unexplained weight loss with large appetite or weight gain


  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Early onset osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Vitamin K deficiency associated with risk for hemorrhaging
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Central and peripheral nervous system disorders - usually due to unsuspected nutrient deficiencies
  • Pancreatic insufficiency
  • Intestinal lymphomas and other GI cancers (malignancies)
  • Gall bladder malfunction
  • Neurological manifestations


There is no cure or treatment for CD. The symptoms can go away if the person with Celiac Disease stays with eating no gluten for the rest of their lifes. Because the cause of Celiac Disease is unknown there is no way of preventing the disease from occuring.


The HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. The HLA-DQ2 allele is common and is carried by approximately 30% of Caucasian individuals. It is nearly impossible to fully track where the chromosomes of CD are located because of the small size.

Disease Inherited

There is no know way that Celiac Disease is inherited but it clusters in familys. Also if a family member has a genetic disorder like Down syndrome that can increase a persons risk as well.

Populations With Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is more common among people with other genetic disorders including Down syndrome and Turner syndrome also there is a 30% of caucasian males that might also carry it as well.

How Can You Help?

For the my family members and future parents in the audience things that can support me or a child with Celiac Disease is when cooking dinner or for holidays try to cook without wheat, rye or gluten. I know it will be difficult but making just the littlest sacrifice like that can make a huge difference for both me and possibly for your family.

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