- An estimated 1 in every 133 (even as many as 1 in 100) of healthy Americans suffer from celiac disease, that is approximately 3 million people. Unfortunately, 97% of those individuals are not diagnosed.
- It increases to 1 in every 56 that have related symptoms.
- There are over 200 and even up to 300 different symptoms that are directly related to celiac disease and gluten intolerance.
- A high percentage of individuals don't display any symptoms at all, but are still at risk for the complications related to celiac disease.
- Family members that are first-degree relatives (parent, sibling, child) are at a 1 in 10 risk of developing the condition as well. Second relatives (grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, or half-siblings) have a 1 in 39 chance of having it.
- Due to the lack of research it is estimated that gluten intolerance affects anywhere from 6% to as high as 50% of the population.
- The only treatment for celiac disease and gluten intolerance is a gluten-free diet.
These are some great resources that give additional perspective on celiac disease: