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In Allergy, Celiac Disease, Gluten Free on September 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

Without a doubt, there is a need for more information on Celiac disease that needs to be shared.  Celiac-Disease.com reported some statistics recently.  One out of every 133 Americans have Celiac disease the website said. This number comes out to be around three million people. The website also estimated that about 97 percent of Americans have the disease but are undiagnosed.  The disease has different effects depending on the person: some individuals experience the most extreme effects, while others experience none; however the number of possible symptoms comes to be about 300. The disease itself is known to affect more people in the United States than Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.  The website has also reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that the Gluten Free industries revenues will reach up to $1.7 billion in 2010. This statistic is realistic because on average, gluten free foods are known to be 242 percent more expensive than their non-gluten free counterparts the website said.

These statistics are shocking and by comparison they are saying that one in a 133 Americans is affected. That means if the enrollment at Quinnipaic University is 5,700, one in 42 students at the University has this disease. That’s two students in two classes since there are typically 25 students to a class. This number is astronomical for a disease that most people don’t even know exists. Not only is this an issue here in the U.S., it is a growing issue in Italy as they as a whole consume more products with wheat in it than any country.  In Italy, about one in 250 people have Celiac disease. In Ireland, about one in about 300 people have the disease. Not only is Celiac disease linked to issues such as Crohn’s Disease, studies have shown that it also can be linked to autism and ADD.  The Wall Street Journal just recently published an article on the disease.  This article shows the national recognition that the disease is now getting for the first time. The most important things a possible candidate can do is be aware, know the symptoms, check out blogs such as The Gluten Free Mom, Gluten Free Girl and the Chef and consult a physician.

 

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