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Majority of Celiac Disease Patients are Asymptomatic and are Older when Diagnosed
The positive trends noted in this study further support the use of widespread serum screening to detect celiac disease, as it can prevent many of the complications caused by the disease. One thing that isnt clear, however, is why the age of diagnosis is getting higher—even though Italian studies have determined through mass-screenings that celiac disease is present in at least 1% of all children. Since that number is consistent with the number of people in the USA with the disease, it stands to reason that celiac disease may in fact be a childhood disease, and if so, the 42 year-old average age of diagnosis in the USA would indicate a massive failure of our health care system to detect the disease. More studies need to be done to determine the number of children in the USA with celiac disease.
Since most celiacs have little or no symptoms—Celiac.com
believes that the only reasonable way to get them properly diagnosed and
treated would be to have widespread serological screenings of the general
population. The disease affects at least 1% of the population in the USA,
and the benefits for such screenings would far outweigh their cost.
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Does a Gluten-free Diet Help Asymptomatic Patients with Serologic Markers of Celiac Disease?
A team of researchers recently set out to assess the benefits of a gluten-free diet for people whose blood screens show markers for celiac disease, but who show no physical symptoms.... [READ MORE]
Gluten-free Diet Benefits Newly Screened Older Celiac Disease Patients
Doctors and researchers are still debating the usefulness of active blood screening for spotting celiac disease in older populations.... [READ MORE]
Older Celiac Disease Patients on a Gluten-Free Diet Slower to Recover by Roy Jamron
A two-year study in the July
2006 Endoscopy showed older celiac patients on a gluten-free diet have
an incomplete histological recovery even after two years.... [READ MORE]
In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease. In 1998 I foundedÂ The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore!, and I am the co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.View all articles by Scott Adams
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