Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects
the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person who has Celiac
Disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the
individual’s immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and
inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body. Undiagnosed
and untreated, Celiac Disease can lead to the development of other autoimmune
disorders, as well as osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and in
rare cases, cancer.
Prevalence of Celiac Disease in the United States
• In average healthy people: 1 in 133
• In people with related symptoms: 1 in 56
• In people with first-degree relatives (parent, child, sibling) 1
• In people with second-degree relatives (aunt, uncle, cousin) 1
• Estimated prevalence for African-, Hispanic- and
Asian-Americans: 1 in 236
• Celiac Disease affects at least 3 million Americans.
• Type 1 Diabetes affects 3 million people;
(180,000) also have Celiac Disease.
• 610,000 women experience unexplained infertility;
(36,600) also have Celiac Disease.
• 350,000 people are living with Down syndrome;
% (42,000) also have Celiac Disease.
Celiac Disease affects 1% of healthy, average Americans. That
means at least 3 million people in our country are living with Celiac Disease—97%of
them are undiagnosed.
Putting Celiac Disease in Perspective:
• The number of people with Celiac Disease in the U.S. would fill
4,400 Boeing 747 airplanes.
• It would take 936 cruise ships to hold every American with Celiac
• Fans with Celiac Disease could fill Soldier Field, the home of
the Chicago Bears, 37 times.
• The number of people with Celiac Disease in the U.S. is roughly
equal to the number of people living in the state of Nevada.
• Alaska, Delaware, Washington DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota,
Utah and Vermont all have populations that are less than 2,200,000 - the number
of people living with Celiac Disease in the United States.