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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposure to gluten. It causes the body’s immune system to overreact in the presence of gluten and attack the tissue of the small intestine, eventually leading to long-term damage. However, most people with a genetic predisposition to celiac disease will not actually develop the disease, despite being exposed to gluten-containing foods.

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