We do not yet know exactly what causes celiac disease. We do know that people can inherit the risk to develop the disease from a parent. People with a first-degree relative (such as a parent, child or sibling) with celiac disease have an increased risk of developing the condition.
Although having this gene makes someone more likely to get celiac disease, some people with the gene never develop it. Other genes, as well as factors such as toxins, infections or stress, may also play a role. Celiac disease affects people of all heritages and races. We estimate that 1 in 100 people in the United States have celiac disease. Many may not know or may not have symptoms.
Although we don’t yet know why celiac disease starts, we do know how to manage this illness so your child can heal and thrive.