Drug could help those with Celiac Disease

Promising Breakthrough drug could help those with Celiac Disease

Celiac disease prevents people from eating gluten — found in a variety of foods, from soups to baked goods — but now a revolutionary treatment could improve the lives of patients who can’t eat gluten.

The disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten, which results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Currently, one out of 133 Canadians have the condition. Ingesting gluten can cause a variety of symptoms, including cramping, diarrhea, and bloating.

But now, a new pill called Larazotide Acetate has shown to prevent some of the damage to the small intestine gluten causes.

A University of Alberta doctor has helped to develop the drug and is overseeing the medical trials. So far, the first of three trials has shown some promising results.

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