Our Guide to Celiac Disease, Jane Anderson recently announced that the About.com website, Celiac Disease has been changed to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity. As Jane says, "Research continues to show that people who don't have celiac disease can and do have tremendous problems with gluten." I am one of those people and we can and do fall through the cracks in diagnostic care and treatment.
I am so excited that Jane is bringing new and vital information about gluten sensitivity to the forefront on her website.
Current research suggests that approximately 1 in 133 suffer from celiac disease. One of the leading celiac disease researchers in the United States, Dr. Fasano, director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research estimates that gluten sensitivity is far more prevalent than celiac disease and may affect up to 7% of our population, or about 20 million people. That is a startling statistic.
Other leading researches in the field of how gluten affects health, including Dr. Kenneth Fine of Enterolab in Dallas, Texas and Dr. Rodney Ford of Christchurch, New Zealand both believe the number of people affected with gluten sensitivity to be much higher.
Add current research to the findings of cardiologist Dr. William Davis, presented in his best-selling book Wheat Belly and you too, may begin to wonder if anyone should eat gluten. Modern wheat is absolutely nothing like the first wheat, called "einkorn" that our ancestors ate.
A gluten-free diet has had a vast and positive effect on my health. It's extremely important to understand the differences between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the symptoms of each, discuss the information with your doctor and request the appropriate tests.
And be sure to visit our About.com Guide to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity to learn more.