Celiac Disease Prevalence in Women
Celiac disease affects 3 million Americans and is one of the most common occurring, lifelong, genetically-determined diseases.
Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease occurs in more women than men. In fact, women in the general population are diagnosed with celiac disease two to three times more often than men. Current research indicates that 60% to 70% of those diagnosed with celiac disease are women.
It’s estimated that the average age of diagnosis is from 40 to 60 years old. Combined with the fact that the time to receive a diagnosis takes up to ten years, some researchers believe it is very likely that “the entire span of reproductive life may be disrupted in women with undiagnosed celiac disease.”
Additionally, bone loss is a common symptom of undiagnosed celiac disease and osteoporosis becomes a regular concern for women as they approach menopause and have an increased risk of fracture.
Not only is celiac disease more common in women, but also many of the potential manifestations and complications are central in a woman’s health.