Why is Celiac Disease More Common Now?

Celiac Disease used to be almost unheard of. I know I never heard of it until I was in college studying diseases. It was still rather uncommon then, but now you hear about it all the time, it seems.

What is it, exactly? It’s a debilitating digestive disorder, a chronic autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten. And gluten is the protein factor found in many grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley. The body’s reaction to gluten can damage the digestive tract, blocking the absorption of nutrients from food.

Some warning signs of celiac disease are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, lactose intolerance, nausea and fatigue.

This disease has increased five-fold since the 1950s, according to a recent study at Warren Airforce Base, and now afflicts about one percent of Americans, or, 1 in 100.

 

 

 

 

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