Check out these Celiac Disease “Fun Facts,” from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
- Celiac disease is a genetically based autoimmune disease that is triggered by the ingestion of gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
- An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, yet 83% are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
- 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be diagnosed.
- Celiac disease is a hereditary condition, meaning that it runs in families.
- 5-22% of people with celiac disease have an immediate family member who also has the autoimmune disease.
- When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, it sets off an immune reaction that damages the villi (fingerlike projections) in the intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients.
- There is no pharmaceutical cure for celiac disease. The only treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.
- There is a topical form of Celiac Disease known as Dermatitis Herpetiformis DH, which can cause an itchy rash.
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