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Claire Atkin

Claire is studying the attitudes of older adults diagnosed with celiac disease toward physical activity at the University of Victoria. She has been diagnosed with celiac disease since she was 20 years old, and writes an academic-oriented gluten-free blog at, where she posts academic article summaries, corporate correspondence, and a few extras on the side.

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by gluten in the bloodstream, and is becoming increasingly common. Previously considered quite rare, it is now estimated to occur in 1 in 100-150 people in all societies except Japan. Physical activity fights against some of the lasting symptoms of celiac disease, but some of the symptoms inhibit physical activity.

This case report from Italy found that pain in women during sex coupled with gastrointestinal symptoms were the only indicators of celiac disease.