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NIH Says Celiac “Greatly Underdiagnosed”

Celiac Disease is “greatly under-diagnosed” according to an independent consensus panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH). This NIH panel estimates that 1 percent of Americans (3 million) suffer from the disease, and “that it is much more common than physicians appreciate.” The panel goes on to say that many of those with celiac disease never received a diagnosis and are not being treated.

Symptoms include “diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, fatigue, weight loss, nutrient deficiencies, and, if things get bad enough, osteoporosis. Often enough, however, people do not present classic gastrointestinal symptoms and the diagnosis is not made,” according to the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter.


           
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January 5, 2007


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