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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.

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Celiac and Gluten-Free Fast Facts:
 

  • Celiac disease is a 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 across all ages and races.

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

  • 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)

  • 5-22% of celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has celiac.

  • 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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  • Burden of disease over four-year period per patient: 

    • Females: $4,019
    • Males:  $14,191
      (Source: Long et al, 2010)
  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.

  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today. Get gluten-free recipes and tips on where to shop »

  • A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.

  • The celiac disease diagnosis rate may reach 50-60% by 2019, thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease. (Source: Datamonitor Group, 2009)

  • Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015. (Source: Packaged Facts, 2011)

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