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Celiac Disease can Happen at Any Age, Say
Researchers

 

Submitted by Olivia Conroy on Wed, 09/29/2010

As per the results of a study, the number of people suffering from celiac disease (CD) is increasing, especially in elderly person.

Alessio Fasano, who is the Director of Mucosal Biology Research Center and Center for Celiac Research, said that people can suffer from CD at any stage of life. In the study, it was found that the body’s immune system becomes weak towards gluten due to some environmental factors.

The new study also challenges the notion that celiac disease only develops in childhood.


In fact, one is never too old to be diagnosed with celiac disease and the risk increase with age. Researchers found that since the year 1974, the incidence of celiac disease has increased two times in the United States.

Patients with celiac disease blood markers went up from 1 in 501 in 1974 to 1 in 219 in 1989, and then to 1 in every 133 people in 2003.

The study findings have been published in recent issue of the Annals of Medicine and the research work was supported by the Center for Celiac Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and many more.

Celiac disease is a hereditary digestive system disorder, which happens to those people who have intolerance to gluten and it affects as many as three million people worldwide.