Is celiac disease an autoimmune disorder?

Nancee Jaffe, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmunity is a condition in which your immune system, which normally protects your body, can't distinguish between healthy tissue and harmful substances and attacks healthy tissue by mistake.

When someone who has celiac disease eats something that contains gluten, the immune system produces an army of antibodies. It doesn't recognize the gluten, and it doesn't understand how to break it down. Unfortunately, when this army starts to attack the gluten, it actually ends up attacking the small intestine, which is a very serious condition.

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