Facts About Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Fast Facts
Celiac Disease is the most common genetic autoimmune disease in the world. This makes Celiac Disease more common than lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease or cystic fibrosis. Celiac is estimated to affect at least 1% of the worldwide population. Over 3,000,000 people in the US may have Celiac Disease, but only 150,000 have been diagnosed.
Untreated Celiac Disease increases the risk of cancer 200-300%.
Untreated Celiac Disease increases the risk of miscarriage 800-900%.
66% of those with Celiac Disease have osteopenia or osteoporosis.
51.4% of those with Celiac Disease have neurologic disorders.
Healthcare costs per untreated case of Celiac in the US: $5,000 - $12,000 annually.
Total US healthcare cost for all untreated cases of Celiac: $14.5 - $34.8 billion annually.
Celiac Disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has Celiac Disease.
Celiac Disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.
It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac Disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed. (Source: Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center) Note from Vedam: It took over 20 years for my diagnosis.
5-22% of Celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has Celiac. If one family member has Celiac Disease, other family members - especially 1st degree relatives - should be tested.
Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.
Celiac Disease is NOT a food allergy; it is an autoimmune disease. Celiac Disease can never be “outgrown”.
There are NO pharmaceutical cures for Celiac. A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for Celiac today.
Common belief is that gluten is found only in food. The protein is actually used in many products including medications, vitamins, adhesives & cosmetics. Is there gluten in your medication? Ask your pharmacist to help determine the drug’s ingredient list.
For some patients with Celiac Disease, starting a gluten-free diet can improve symptoms in as little as 2 weeks.
Struggling with migraines that seem untreatable & are stumping your doctor? Ask to get tested for Celiac Disease.
About one in 100 children has Celiac Disease, making it one of the most common conditions in children.
Even though an estimated 2.5 to 3 million people have Celiac, only 150,000-190,000 of them are presently diagnosed.
Children are more likely to have better results from going gluten-free when the whole family joins in the diet. Note from Vedam: “This is one reason why it is important to cook only ONE meal for the whole family, and make it delicious and nutritious!”
There is no test for gluten sensitivity; however, it is estimated that 18 million Americans have a gluten sensitivity.
Some of the basic symptoms of Celiac Disease or a gluten sensitivity:
- Abdominal Pain Bloating or Gas
- Acid Reflux
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Chronic Constipation
- Chronic Fatigue
- Itchy Skin Rash
- Arthritis / Autoimmune Disease
- Mouth Sores
- Joint Pain
- Delayed Growth
- Poor Weight Gain
- Thin Bones
- Headaches / Migraines
- Discolored teeth and/or unexplained dental issues / Dental enamel defects
- Unexplained Malnutrition (anemia, delayed growth, unexplained weight loss and/or gain)
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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