The digestive system made up of the gastrointestinal tract (GI), liver, pancreas, and gallbladder helps the body digest food. Digestion is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which your body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair.
Some digestive diseases and conditions are acute, lasting only a short time, while others are chronic, or long-lasting.
CELIAC DISEASE AND CROHN’S DISEASE
Celiac disease afflicts millions of Americans, most of whom are undiagnosed, and is second only to end-stage renal disease in perceived burden by patients and caregivers.
Celiac disease and Crohn’s disease are both diseases that deal with inflammation of the intestines. Studies debate the extent of the connection between Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, but all conclude that Crohn’s is more common in those with celiac disease than in the general population.
COCCI is committed to working with its colleagues in the celiac disease community to advocate for increased federal funding for celiac disease research with an emphasis on the connection between Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, labeling standards for gluten free foods, widespread patient and provider education in celiac disease access to mainstream gluten-free products, improved diagnostic tools, and accelerated development of therapeutic treatments and a cure for celiac disease.