I’m not usually in the habit of posting about anything other than food, but this video of Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic caught my attention. I stumbled on it while visiting a number of different blogs. It is short and has information that is important for Celiacs and non-Celiacs alike. It is based on a study done by the Mayo Clinic.
Two important points that I took away from the video – Celiac is much more common now than it was 50 years ago. Though there isn’t an explanation yet for this, the doctor suggests that the reasons for it becoming so much more common than it was 50 years ago need to be explored. He also explains that, based on the findings of the research, there is a serious impact on survival for Silent Celiacs (or undiagnosed Celiacs) who have no symptoms. The doctor explains that the research points to serious public health implications. Where we now routinely expect to have our cholesterol and blood pressure tested, Celiac should become much more routinely tested in the general population.
When I was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago, 1 in 133 people were found to have Celiac. Today, 1 in 100 have Celiac, as opposed to 1 in 700 in 1950!