Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic intolerance to the gluten in wheat, rye, and barley. If you’ve never heard of CD, you’re not alone. Many medical professionals are unaware of the disease or not current in their knowledge, so it’s significantly under diagnosed.
Once thought to be a rare disorder, CD is now known to affect at least 1 in 100 Americans. CD can develop at any age, from infancy to late adulthood. Because of the known genetic component, routine screening on a regular basis is recommended for relatives of people with CD. The great news is that CD can be treated by following a gluten free diet.
For current information on CD, please visit the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center.