Blood markers for the disease rose from 1 in every 501 individuals in 1974 to 1 in 219 by 1989
By Alan Mozes
Monday, September 27, 2010
MONDAY, Sept. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease appears to be on the rise, particularly among elderly Americans, new research suggests.
Researchers from the United States and Italy uncovered evidence that overall incidence rates of the disease -- marked by an intolerance to the protein gluten that is found in wheat, barley and rye -- have been doubling every 15 years since 1974.
The findings are reported in the Sept. 27 online edition of Annals of Medicine by lead author Dr. Carlo Catassi, of the Universita Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, who also serves as co-director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Celiac Research. Leer más
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