Posts Tagged ‘gluten intolerance’

Celiac Disease Appears to be on the Rise

September 7, 2009

We now know that Celiac Disease (CD) strikes one in every 133 persons. But new research has found that CD has increased four-fold over the past 50 years. 

In an effort to compare gluten intolerance in populations 50 years ago with those of today, researchers took frozen blood samples from Air Force recruits 50 years ago. They found that CD is four times more prevalent today than it was in the 1950s, refuting the theory that CD is more common today because of better diagnosis.

More troubling was the finding that the recruits in whom CD was detected via the blood samples (but not diagnosed during their lifetime) were four times as likely to die an earlier death than those without the disease. Early detection is the best insurance that individuals with CD can live a long and healthy life. 

For more information on CD, its consequences and its treatment, please visit my website.

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A Gluten-Free Blog/Website Worth Checking Out

June 28, 2009

I recently discovered glutenfreegirl, a blog/website for celiacs and others with varying degrees of gluten intolerance. It offers gluten-free recipes and product recommendations as well as links to other celiac disease blogs and websites. The author, Shauna James Ahern, is refreshingly candid in discussing her own experiences before and since her diagnosis and she approaches the challenges of living with celiac disease in positive, upbeat manner.

If you or a loved one has celiac disease, it’s worth checking out.

Be Well,