We hear from tons of our readers all the time with feedback on our blog and products, but what we really want to hear about this week is your personal celiac disease story. Why you ask? To continue raising awareness of this under diagnosed disease and encourage others to get tested. Everyone has a unique story, but along the road we’re hoping someone reads something that sounds familiar and chooses to get tested.
So share your story! How were you diagnosed? What were your symptoms? Now that you’re gluten-free are you feeling better? We want to hear it all!
Just fill in the comment field below with your story. Who knows, your story could save a life.
Check out this great article from Medical News Today about the rising number of people in the United States living with a sensitivity to gluten.
The article reports that more than 18 million Americans are living with a gluten-related condition and points out various reasons for the increase including better awareness of diseases such as cleiac disease as well as celebrities using the diet for weight loss.
A recent study published in the journal Aliment Pharmacol Therapy finds no difference in the mortality rate of individuals with untreated celiac disease when compared with the general population.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nottingham in the UK, evaluated 7,527 patients ranging in age from 45 to 76 years old and tracked all deaths using the Office for National Statistics.
The researchers found that 87 patients in the group with undetected celiac disease and determined an all-cause mortality rate of 9.4 per 1000 person years. The control group of healthy patients were found to have a mortality rate of 12.7 per 1000 person years. After quality adjustments, the researchers determined there to be “no excess overall mortality in people aged over 45 years with undetected celiac disease compared with the general population.”
Additionally, the research team notes that based on their results, they do not support routine screening people older than 45 years of age for celiac disease.