National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
Celiac Disease Facts & Figures
Here are some of the most staggering facts about celiac disease and the gluten-free marketplace that I found directly on nfca website. I have created several links within this post for you to visit on this foundations website. Take the time to visit. It is a wealth of knowledge for those suffering from celiac disease. Each statement below highlights the need for education and awareness amongst the medical and culinary communities as well as the general public.
*Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
*One in 133 Americans have celiac disease.
*Three million Americans across all races, ages and genders suffer from celiac.
*95% of celiacs are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
*10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.
*17% of celiac patients have an immediate family member who also has celiac.
*Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.
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*$5,000-$12,000 is the average cost of misdiagnosis per person/per year of celiac, not including lost work time.
*There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.
*A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.
*A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.
*500,000 new celiac diagnoses are expected to occur in the next 5 years thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease.
*The gluten-free marketplace is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2010 thanks to new vendors manufacturing better tasting and more affordable products.
Could you have celiac disease? Find out. Take the nfca celiac disease symptoms checklist now.
I hope you find this information and resource as helpful as we do at the shack.
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