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Mayo Clinic Study Finds Celiac More Common Today Than 50 Years Ago

Posted Jul 02 2009 5:59pm
A new study by celiac experts at the Mayo Clinic and published in the journal  Gastroenterology  finds that celiac disease is more than four times more common today than it was 50 years ago. 

For the study, researchers from the Rochester, Minn-based Mayo Clinic tested blood samples collected at the Warren Air Force Base between 1948 and 1954 for celiac disease and compared the results with those from blood samples collected recently. The researchers found that young people today are more than 4 times more likely to have celiac disease than the same age group in the 1950s. 

Additionally, the study determined that patients who did not know they had celiac disease were almost 4 times as likely than healthy patients to have died during the 45 years of follow-up. 

Celiac Expert and Gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray of the Mayo Clinic says that "Celiac disease has become much more common in the last 50 years, and we don't know why." 

To learn more about the study, check out this awesome video with Dr. Murray: 

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