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What is the difference between gluten sensitivity and a gluten allergy?

A true allergy to gluten, a protein in wheat, is a disease called Celiac Disease. Celiac disease, also called gluten enteropathy, is an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. Celiac disease is diagnosed by a gastrointestinal (GI) specialist who will complete blood tests, an intestinal biopsy, and a complete physical. If you think you have an allergy to wheat, you should see a GI specialist who can help you determine if you have an allergy or a possible intolerance.

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