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.