Shocking Facts About Celiac Disease

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, so it seems appropriate to share some medical facts about this autoimmune disease that just might shock you.

These facts come from Dr. Tom O’Bryan who is is a nationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.  Dr. O’Bryan’s specialty is in teaching the many manifestations of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines.

What follows are a few excerpts compiled by Dr. O’Bryan from some of the thousands of scientific based research papers on the subject of celiac disease:

  • Celiac disease is one of the most common lifelong disorders in both Europe and the U.S.
NEJM 348;25 June 19,2003
  • Celiac disease is a much greater problem than has previously been appreciated.
  • In the past seven years, one in four children were diagnosed as having celiac disease as a result of case-finding of associated conditions. Pediatrics 2009;124;1572-1578
  • Celiac disease diagnosed in childhood was associated with a 40% increase in suicide risk.
Dig Liver Dis 2011 Aug;43(8):616-22
  • Autoimmune disorders occur 10 times more commonly in the gluten sensitive enteropathy celiac disease than in the general population. CMLS, Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 62 (2005) 791-799
  • Prolonged fatigue or “tired all the time” should alert the physician to celiac disease.
Gastroenterol Hepatol 2003; 15: 407-13
  • The prevalence of celiac disease has increased five-fold overall since 1974. This increase was not due to increased sensitivity of testing, but rather due to an increasing number of subjects that lost the immunological tolerance to gluten in their adulthood.                     
Ann Med. 2010 Oct;42(7):530-8
  • Seven out of 10 tests for celiac disease can come back with ‘false negatives’  N Engl J Med Oct.23 2003,1673-4 (meaning the test says everything is ok and it’s really not)
  • The single most important risk factor for celiac disease is having a first-degree relative with already-defined celiac disease, particularly a sibling. A rate up to 20% or more has been noted. World J Gastroenterol 2010 April 21; 16(15): 1828-1831

The latest numbers indicate that as many as one in every five people have some form of gluten-sensitivity. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Jun;14(6):567-72

Article Courtesy:  Jennifer Harris

One thought on “Shocking Facts About Celiac Disease

  1. I know how you feel,, i went through this also about 3 years ago my filamy didnt realy understand the importance of not eating gluten just hang in there. trust me i know its hard, i went 15 years eating bread my whole life! i loved it sooooo much, and now all of a suden i cant eat it.even though ive been diagnosed for 3 years, its still new to me, and i still wished i could eat bread all the time.but there are so many new products coming out that are labeled gluten free

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