Celiac disease is not as rare as we thought
Many people suffer from gluten intolerance, sensitivity, allergy and celiac disease today. This is largely due to long term exposure to a diet based around gluten, salt, sugar and bad fat. This latest study from the US confirms there are higher numbers than suspected.
The first ever large US population-based study by Alberto Rubio-Tapia, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues has found that nearly 2 million Americans have celiac disease and most of them are unaware of it.
The researchers analyzed serum for immunoglobulin A (IgA) tissue transglutaminase antibodies data on 7798 people who during 2009-2010 took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
This test is considered to be 98% effective in distinguishing celiac disease.
If the 0.71% figure for overall prevalence is correct, it translates to 1.8 million Americans with CD.
Study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterol, July 31, 2012. This study was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reported by Medscape on August 1, 2012.