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    Celiac Disease on the Rise Among Italians

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      More Italians are being diagnosed with celiac disease than ever before.


    Celiac disease is on the rise in Italy. Photo: CC--David Evers
    Caption: Celiac disease is on the rise in Italy. Photo: CC--David Evers

    Celiac.com 03/21/2017 - More Italians are being diagnosed with celiac disease than ever before.

    According to the Report to the Parliament from the Ministry of Health, 182,858 Italians were diagnosed with celiac disease, compared with less than 172,000 in 2014; an increase of about 6%.



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    Celiac diagnosis are much more common in women, with 129,225 cases, compared with men, who saw 53,633 cases.

    The regions of Campania and Lombardy saw the highest numbers, with 2268, and 1,867 cases, respectively.

    Lombardy has the most cases, with 17.7% of the total, or 32,408 citizens with celiac disease, with Campania and Lazio ranking second at 9.7% of the total, or 17,777 cases.

    In Italy, celiac disease sufferers receive specific gluten-free products free of charge. Costs for that program rose accordingly, from €227,753,844 in 2014 to €241,773,048 in 2015.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.


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