2 million white Americans have celiac disease

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Registered: 09-23-2010
2 million white Americans have celiac disease
Fri, 08-17-2012 - 1:05pm

"One percent of non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. - close to two million Americans - have celiac disease, but most are not aware they suffer the gluten-intolerance problem, according to a new study.

The results back up earlier estimates of how common celiac disease is in the U.S. and Europe, the researchers say. They also support evidence that the condition is far more rare among Hispanics and blacks."

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Was Celiac something you were aware of/thought about when you went to the doctor's or was it a total surprise? Does it run in your family?

I often wonder if people are unaware now because there are so many products being made that are gluten-free—so you're eating {somewhat} gluten-free whether you have Celiacs or not.


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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 08-20-2012 - 10:33am

I must say I found this conclusion confusing:

Celiac disease can develop at any age, making it difficult to know when to test people who don't have symptoms.

"If you don't have symptoms, it's hard to say categorically that identifying you as having this condition is going to do a lot of good at this point. That's for (other) studies to determine," said Everhart.

Is he saying it makes no sense to be tested if you have no symptoms? Or that it makes no sense to avoid gluten if you test positive but have no symptoms? Or...?

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 3:33pm

There are so many gastrointestinal issues that are really non-conclusive in medical tests, and our agriculture sector has changed so much its hard to pin down where the problem is. I have IBS and colitis, and am currently on the low-FODMAP diet which does cut out wheat during the elimination phase, which I found helpful.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Wed, 08-22-2012 - 8:07am

I had not heard of this diet before. Interesting. Has the diet helped you with your symptoms?

For anyone else who has not heard of it, here is a link that might be helpful. http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/handouts/FODMAPs%20diet.pdf