Saturday, May 17, 2014

Celiac Disease Awareness Month - May 17, 2014

Each day this month, I will be posting something about Celiac Disease.

Day 17:

I've spent the last two days describing the origins of celiac disease. Today is exciting because it includes the first link between celiac disease and wheat.

In the 1950's, Willem Karel Dicke, MD discovered the link between the ingestion of wheat to celiac disease. Dicke and several colleagues were able to confirm the treatment. They also "described the histologic damage to the intestinal mucosa as being directly related to celiac disease."

What do you think it was like to live with celiac disease prior to the 1950's? Do you know anyone who was diagnosed prior to 1950?

*Information obtained from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and the Celiac Sprue Association

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