Putting Celiac Disease in Perspective

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center web site is a resource that many people might not be familiar with. I thought I would highlight a few things from their facts and figures page. These statistics pertain to the United States.

  • In average healthy people, 1 in 133 have celiac disease
  • That would mean at least 3 million people
  • 97% of those are undiagnosed
  • Type 1 diabetes affects 3 million people
  • Epilepsy affects 2.7 million
  • Rheumatoid arthritis affects 2.1 million
  • Parkinson’s disease affects 1 million
  • Ulcerative colitis affects 500,000
  • Crohn’s disease affects 500,000
  • Multiple sclerosis affects 400,000
  • Cystic fibrosis affects 30,000

That helps to put celiac disease in perspective. We need to keep getting the word out so that millions of people don’t have to continue suffering.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Dana Wax says:

    Here. here!

    And it’s celiac disease awareness month, too.

    If only we could get T-shirts printed up…and get everyone with celiac to wear them on a certain day. It would be quite a movement…

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