NY Daily News - "Celiac Disease Causes Gastrointestinal Problems For Up To 3 Million In The U.S."
As many as three million Americans may be living with celiac disease. Doctors don’t have a firm number because as many as 90 percent remain undiagnosed. “Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract triggered by the consumption of gluten,” says Dr. Keith Benkov from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “If left untreated, celiac disease blocks the absorption of food, vitamins and minerals.” About one percent of the American population is affected by celiac disease. Like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. “The immune system is meant to defend against infections, but in some people the immune system becomes overreactive and attacks the body’s own tissues and cells,” says Dr. Benkov. Learn more