Sunday, May 4, 2014

Celiac Disease Awareness Month - May 4, 2014

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

Day 4:

Have you ever heard of the celiac iceberg? In short, it's meant as a way to describe the number of undiagnosed individuals. Yesterday, I gave the prevalence of celiac disease (which is approximately 1 in 133 individuals). Today comes the shocker. Only about 1 in 10 of those who have celiac disease have been diagnosed.

This is one of the major reasons awareness is so important. There are numerous factors that affect this statistic, but increased awareness can help the undiagnosed individuals to receive the diagnose (and to feel better via a gluten-free diet).

Do these numbers surprise you? What do you think of these statistics?

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