People who have Celiac disease have increased risk for other things; for example, non-hodgkins lymphoma, and they die earlier because of these other risks.
This statement is not true. Risk factors go down to that of the general population once a person follows a strict gluten-free diet for 5 years. Celiacs also do not die earlier due to these risk factors. I have many undiagnosed through choice people in my family and they all live to be quite old. There are many undiagnosed for life people out there and we all see them yet many do not die earlier. People die earlier every day that do not have Celiac Disease. A persons life span has many influences and most of it boils down to not eating right, lack of movement and bad habits.....plus the ever popular genetic influence that makes us all uniquely different.
I am not buying into GMO's and pesticides as a cause for increased rates of Celiac Disease because this disease has existed long before these two issues were invented. I read that Socrates made mention of the "wasting disease" in his writings so Celiac goes back well beyond what many people think. It just wasn't discovered and documented until the second world war and that was quite by accident. Increased rates, I think, come from the amount of food people consume that contain increased amounts of gluten.
People simply eat way too much on a daily basis and a lot of it is bread and dessert based. Gluten content of bread and baked goods is higher today. Take someone with a genetic predisposition for it, add in the daily stress of today's insane life, feed them a steady diet of poor quality food with lots of gluten content and it's the perfect formula for an epidemic. Just my opinion but all this focus on outside influences and lawsuits seems a waste of time. I also do not care what caused it for me as I tend to look forward on things. I follow a strict diet that has made me well for the first time in my life and concentrate on being fit and healthy. No matter what the medical community comes up with for a supposed cure, I'm not interested. This is my life and I am content with it. I am not in any way saying that GMO's and pesticides are safe but they have been used for awhile now and truthfully, more people died from the flu epidemic in 1918 than from these two concerns. Luvs2eat made another good point......try eating all organic and non-GMO and see how your food bill jumps. I eat good quality food and it costs me a lot....I can't add this to the mix. Organic is great....as long as it doesn't cost $7.00 for a head of cauliflower!