1. As many as 1 in 10 people are gluten sensitive.
2. Celiac Disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestines. The damage is caused by eating gluten. This damage makes it very difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from foods. Over time this damage can lead to malnourishment and possibly other complications.
3. There are more than 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease. They range from skin rashes to depression.
4. Many autoimmune illnesses may also be associated with gluten intolerance, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders and diabetes.
5. Celiac Disease is not age-dependent. It may become active at any age.
6. It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac Disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
7. 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
8. Up to 22% of Celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has Celiac Disease.
9. The chance of developing cancer increases 200 to 300% in people with untreated Celiac Disease.
10. There are NO pharmaceutical cures for Celiac Disease.
11. A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for Celiac Disease today.
12. A gluten-free diet can lead to weight-loss because it eliminates high-calorie, refined carbohydrates like wheat-based pastas, breads and sweets.
13. Gluten can be found in some coca-colas, especially those bought in supermarkets.
14. There are more than 2,000 gluten free foods in US grocery stores, so living with Celiac Disease is possible!