Facts About Celiac Disease

  • One in 133 people have celiac disease and many more people are undiagnosed.
  • There are over 300 symptoms related to celiac disease, the most common being anemia, anxiety, bloating/gas, constipation, delayed growth in children, depression, discolored teeth, fatigue, headaches, infertility, irritability, itchy skin, joint pain, poor weight gain or weight loss, and tingling or numbness.
  • Some people have many of these symptoms while others only have only one.
  • There is no specific onset of celiac disease; it can be diagnosed at any age and affects men, women and all age groups.
  • Celiac disease is hereditary and a genetic autoimmune condition.
  • It can take up to 10 years to be diagnosed with celiac disease.
  • Left untreated, those with celiac disease are at risk for serious health consequences.
  • It is important to confirm the diagnosis before you begin a gluten-free diet.
  • A simple blood test can screen for celiac disease.
  • As there is no pharmaceutical cure for celiac disease, following a 100% gluten-free diet is needed to support treatment and recovery.

Patient Stories

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  • "I go to the Celiac Center at Saint Barnabas. My nutritionist ... also has a support group here at Saint Barnabas that I go to."

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