The Celiac Society of India (CSI), formerly known as Celiac Society of Delhi, was incorporated in May 2006 under the patronship of Late Prof. M.K. Bhan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology & formerly, professor at AIIMS in the Department of Pediatrics. It is the first of it’s kind non-profit organisation which brings together eminent practitioners in the field of medicine, education, food industry and people suffering from wheat related disorder.
The Celiac Society of India supports and encourages people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis , Crohn’s disease and other food allergies, requiring a wheat-free diet.
What is Celiac disease ?
Celiac disease was first recognized by the Greeks in the second century AD and the word celiac is derived from ‘koiliaks’, a Greek word meaning ‘suffering of the bowels’. It is caused by an immune reaction (hypersensitivity) to gluten, the main storage protein found in wheat and certain other cereal grains including rye, barley, triticale, spelt and kamut. The most toxic component of gluten in celiac disease is gliadin (an alcohol-soluble component of gluten). Others are secalins from rye and hordeins from barley.
Celiac disease is a permanent condition that damages the lining of the small intestines. This limits the absorption of nutrients, particularly iron, folate, calcium and vitamin D. It also increases intestinal permeability which permits entry of other toxins, which could induce autoimmune diseases. Being autoimmune in nature, failure to recognize celiac disease in time, can lead to serious complications, including cancer. Usually, one does not outgrow the disease and it requires lifelong management.
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