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Study Finds Celiac Disease Common in the US

HealthDay News–New research suggests that 1.4 million Americans have celiac disease but don’t realize it, while 1.6 million people are on gluten-free diets— a treatment for celiac disease — even though they might not need it.

The findings, which estimate that 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease — an autoimmune condition — suggest that a whopping 78 percent of sufferers don’t realize they have the condition.

“This provides proof that the disease is common in the United States,” said study co-author Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, in a clinic news release.

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  1. Before my diagnosis of celiac disease and extensive food allergies, doctors were quick to label my symptoms as irritable bowel syndrome or gallbladder disease. After several surgeries and procedures, the fifth doctor finally got it right.

    As for the recent gluten-free movement, the positive side is many restaurants now have gluten-free menus; however, I still find many servers, cooks and restaurant managers are not educated about what gluten-free means (no cross-contamination for example). I often have to explain that avoiding gluten for those of us with celiac disease is a medical-necessity, not just a fad diet.

    Posted by anallergicfoodie | August 7, 2012, 9:04 am

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