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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: 'I've Never Felt More Healthy'

First Posted: 12/14/11 08:29 AM ET Updated: 12/14/11 12:50 PM ET

The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck struggled with fatigue, weight fluctuations and conceiving her children. But doctors couldn't pinpoint the problem.

Eventually, she was diagnosed with an often-misunderstood autoimmune disorder, celiac disease, a reaction to gluten. "Since being diagnosed I have to say I've never felt more healthy," she says.

It's important to distinguish the autoimmune disorder celiac disease from gluten intolerance, which is closer to a food allergy. CD can result in damage to the intestinal walls, poor absorption of nutrients and even cancer.

Watch the video to find out how she's coping in the kitchen and transforming gluten-free food with a new cookbook.

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