Facts on celiac disease from Mayo Clinic

Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, infertility, premature osteoporosis and other conditions.

Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains. People with celiac disease must avoid these foods completely.

A digestive enzyme that focuses on breaking down the gluten protein is recommended with every meal or snack to protect against accidental gluten consumption.

Mayo Clinic researchers released results from a study on celiac disease, an often-undiagnosed gastrointestinal disorder associated with gluten consumption.

Here are some of the study's key findings:

  • The disease is four times more common than 50 years ago
  • About 5 percent of those with celiac disease are aware they have it
  • It affects about one in 100 people
  • Death risk was increased fourfold in people with undiagnosed celiac disease
  • The rise in celiac disease could be associated with the "hygiene hypothesis," which proposes that certain illnesses are a result of less exposure to germs than in the past

(SOURCE: WebMD)

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