I'm always looking at the latest research into CD and this one was no real shock to me, when I think of people I know who complain about stomach pain etc..
An Australian-developed diagnostic test that includes genetic markers suggests coeliac disease is far more prevalent than previously thought.
The study involving over 2,500 randomly selected Victorians combined TG2 igA testing plus biopsy, as recommended in clinical guidelines, with genetic screening for HLADQ2.5, DQ8 and DQ2.2 genes, one of which is present in virtually all coeliac patients.
Over half the study participants had one of the genetic risk factors, the authors from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research found that ...
Coeliac disease potentially affected one in 60 Australian women and one in 80 men, study data revealed, contrasting with previous estimates that put prevalence at around one in 100.
You can read the study HERE ....... One of the interesting thing about the study was that some of the participants with symptoms of CD actually had Crohn's disease and that's why diagnosis is such a good thing. I always advocate for a diagnosis rather than someone with symptoms of CD just putting themselves onto a GF diet. I was diagnosed using what was the the "gold" standard testing, blood tests and small intestine biopsy. After years of pain it was good to eventually get the diagnosis, it only took 40 years and a change of country to get it lols.
Thanks for looking
and as always
Keep Well x