Celiac Disease Quick Facts

  • Celiac Disease is an inherited chronic auto-immune digestive disorder triggered by gluten.
  • Approximately 1 in 133 Americans are affected. Worldwide, about 1 in 100 are affected.
  • Around 80% to 90 % of those who have Celiac Disease don’t know they have it.
  • There are 200 to 300 signs and symptoms of Celiac Disease; it depends on which source you use.
  • If you have Celiac Disease you’re more likely to have another auto-immune condition.
  • You stand a higher risk of other serious health conditions too.
  • If a family member has Celiac Disease you stand a 10 – 20% chance of having it too.
  • You can have Celiac Disease even if you don’t have any symptoms.
  • Eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine if you have Celiac Disease.
  • Damage to the small intestine leads to malnutrition.
  • Diagnosis is done by bloodwork and biopsy while you’re eating your normal diet.
  • There is no cure for Celiac Disease.
  • Treatment is a Gluten-Free Diet (GFD).
  • Medications are in test that may allow Celiacs to eat gluten containing foods.
  • Scientists and Geneticists are looking for a cure.
  • Scientists are working to bio-engineer a gluten-free strain of wheat.

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