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An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.
Fast Facts 1
Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
undiagnosed
It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
average time to diagnose
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)
Fast Facts 3
5-22% of people with celiac disease have an immediate family member (first degree relative) who also has celiac disease.
Fast Facts 2
There are no pharmaceutical treatments or cures for celiac disease.