09/29/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – New research suggests that the incidence rates for celiac disease are increasing. As reported by HealthDay News, researchers found that the autoimmune disorder identified as a gluten intolerance seems to be affecting more and more individuals in the country, particularly those who are elderly, with the incident rate rising from one in every 501 individuals in the U.S. in 1974 to one in every 133 individuals in 2003.
Lead study author Dr. Carlo Catassi, of the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, and co-director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Celiac Research, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “You’re not necessarily born with celiac disease… Our findings show that some people develop celiac disease quite late in life.”
More information about the study may be found in the Sept. 27 online publication of the Annals of Medicine.
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