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Celiac Disease: Fast Facts

Celiac Disease: Fast Facts

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Here are some of the most staggering facts about celiac disease and the gluten-free marketplace. Each statement highlights the need for education and awareness among the medical and culinary communities as well as the general public.

Graphic comparing normal small intestine to one in a patient with celiac disease

  • Celiac disease is a serious 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 of all ages and races.

Chart showing 83% of celiac sufferers are misdiagnosed with other conditions

  • It is estimated that up to 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

Chart showing average time a person waits to be accurately diagnosed with celiac disease

  • 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)
  • Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.
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  • Over a four-year period, people with undiagnosed celiac disease cost an average of $3,964 more than healthy individuals. (Source: Long et al, 2010)

Graphic showing people with celiac disease have immediate family member who also has celiac disease

  • 5-22% of people with celiac disease have an immediate family member (first degree relative) who also has celiac disease.

Graphic showing no pharmaceutical treatments for celiac disease

  • There are no pharmaceutical treatments or cures for celiac disease.
  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac disease today.

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