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New research on children suggests celiac disease rates higher than previously thought

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Here's the article: https://www.beyondceliac.org/research-news/screening-only-way-find-all-children/?utm_campaign=Research Opt-In&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=103848927&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_0k_4-YZap5XgjsejJR7edcN2xce6IX_aCUn3T9EyJMuB9WVM0DsIsN0am5wSeqBvFFKWsL6tcPYA06dwwhwqUjMdeYQ&utm_content=103848927&utm_source=hs_email

Most recent estimates place the incidence of Celiac Disease at around 1%. 

The above article explains that antibody screening in children suggests the incidence may be much higher. Here's an excerpt from the article which summarizes the results from screening 10,000 children in Colorado:

"Of the children screened between January 2017 and July 2018, 242 or 2.4 percent, had an initial positive celiac disease test.  Of the 185 children who returned for follow-up, 149 had a positive confirming test."

Another fascinating stat from this study is: "About 70 percent of children identified through screening did not have symptoms and about 90 percent did not have a family history."

We do not know how many of those children would remain asymptomatic through adulthood but the 70% asymptomatic rate certainly suggests to me that there are far more "silent" celiacs out there than we previously thought. 

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