This page is intended to provide you some basic information and understanding of a serious health topic: Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and their known related health conditions.
The incidence of allergy and autoimmune disease in the US and other industrial nations is increasing. Celiac Disease (CD), Non- Celiac Gluten Sensitivities (NCGS) and Wheat Allergies (WA) represent a spectrum of immune mediated reactions. Celiac Disease is a serious autoimmune disease. An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, about 1% of the population, has Celiac Disease. 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed with another condition. There are more than 300 symptoms related to Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. For every symptomatic patient with Celiac Disease there are 8 patients with Celiac Disease and no gastrointestinal symptoms. 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed and for many it can go on for decades.
Celiac Disease affects every system in your body and can lead to a number of disorders including but not limited to:
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) describes those individuals who experience symptoms similar to those with Celiac Disease but lack total Villus Atrophy (intestinal damage) to produce the same antibody reaction seen in Celiac Disease. Research estimates that 18 million Americans have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. That is 6 times the number of Americans that have Celiac Disease.
NCGS individuals have the prevalence of extraintestinal or non-GI symptoms such as headaches, “foggy mind,” joint pain, and numbness in legs, arms or fingers. If you have been suffering from symptoms that seem related to Celiac Disease but your blood test for Celiac Disease came back negative, it may be possible that you have NCGS or have been misdiagnosed with the Standard Celiac Test.
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