According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, at least 1% of the population has celiac disease. Unfortunately, most people with celiac have NOT been diagnosed yet. Why? Many medical professionals are still unaware of or not current in their knowledge of CD. Good news – the University of Chicago is offering an intensive 2-day training course for medical professionals. Please share with anyone who may benefit.
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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.
Who else should be tested for CD? According to the University of Chicago, people with related autoimmune disorders (diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, etc.) and any person with Down Syndrome should be screened on a periodic basis. Click here to download a pdf from the University of Chicago with more information on who should be screened for celiac disease.
Best news ever: CD can be treated by following a gluten free diet. And eating gluten free does not mean feeling deprived or settling for special diet food that sucks. Of course, if you’ve tried some of the recipes here, you already know that there is no suffering involved.
For current information on CD, please visit the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center.