Prevalence of celiac disease in at-risk and not-at-risk groups in the United States: a large multi center study.

Hey guys, now I realize that this article is not the most recent; however, I thought it was important to note that this research was done in 2003 and I’m not sure why this isn’t more widely known and automatically tested as soon as your doctor looks at your health history information?

  • This study was done to determine if celiac disease which had been previously thought to be rare in the United States was as common as it is is Europe. There were no large studies done on its prevalence prior to this study. They studies both at-risk and non-at-risk groups in the US.
  • A few numbers on the study: 13- 145 subjects, 4508 first-degree, 1275 second-degree relatives of patients who had biopsy proved celiac disease. 3236 symptomatic patients and 4126 not-at-risk individuals
  • Results in the at-risk group showed the prevalence of celiac disease in 1:22 first-degree relatives, 1:39 in second-degree relatives, and 1:56 symptomatic patients (with either gastrointestinal issues or a disorder associated with celiac disease. The overall presence of celiac disease in non-at-risk group 1:133.

So really what this study shows that there is a correlation and pretty significant proof that if you or someone in your family has celiac disease, it is important that the rest of the family be tested. We know that celiac disease is genetic and that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will automatically get celiac disease if you have the gene for it. What will matter is if you turn the gene on in your body. This is where your habits, your routines and what you eat all come into play. 

So then the question arises if you have the celiac gene and you are consuming lots of gluten everyday, multiple times a day, are you putting yourself at a significantly higher risk for turning that gene on? Or if you have the celiac gene and you remove gluten from your diet completely, do you have a better chance of not turning on the celiac gene? 

Just something to think about and to consider when making food choices for not only you but also your entire family.

* Here’s my little disclaimer, I’m not a doctor, researcher, immunologist, just someone deeply concerned and trying to help as many peeps as I can make conscious, good, healthy choices for their health and their bodies when living life with gluten challenges. I have not been compensated or obligated to write this article, and as always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own!