Do You Have Celiac?

As I check my address book, I see that I have around 500 entries, all friends, co-workers, family members, and colleagues.

Through statistical analysis of blood samples, it has been determined that approximately 1 in every 133 people in the United States have celiac disease.

So statistically, I could safely bet that around four or five people in my address book have the same problem I do. However, I can also safely bet that none of them have a clue.

This disease is largely undiagnosed in the United States. Diagnosis rates are much higher overseas, but in the Land of the FreeѢ, it seems that around 90% of Americans who have celiac do not know it. Most often, these folks are diagnosed with other ailments and administered ineffective treatments for the wrong condition. Or like me, they just suffer for a long time without barking about it too much, until finally it becomes unbearable. There are many reasons why this disease is missed, most often because it is completely off the radar for most American physicians.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms of celiac disease, you may owe it to yourself to ask your doctor for a simple blood test. An online survey exists that you can complete and print to take to your doctor.

I met three people at my place of employment that have celiac. That has to be statistically significant. Two of them work on the same project I do. Even more significant. Every time I met one, the look on their face and the sound in their voice was one of relief – as if to say “I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to deal with this crap!” Misery loves company… 😉

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  1. Save the date!
    The largest gluten-free consumer event in North America is coming!
    The 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair & Conference is scheduled for April 29th, 2007 at Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY. The event is presented by Suffolk County Celiacs, a Branch of GIG. For more information visit our website at http://www.suffolkcountyceliacs.org

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