Feb 8, 2010 |
Dr. Rodgers notes that undiagnosed celiac disease has increased dramatically over the last 50 years and explains how it can be treated.
You may have noticed an increased number of grocery stores that offer gluten-free products. But do you know why?
Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
About 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease, and a study that our Institute supported showed that undiagnosed celiac disease has increased dramatically over the last 50 years.
When a person has celiac disease, they cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. It can damage their small intestines and interfere with food absorption. Untreated, patients can develop numerous complications, including osteoporosis and anemia.
The good news is celiac disease can be diagnosed and treated by eliminating gluten.
For more information, visit our website at NIDDK or MyMajicDC.com. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.