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UK coeliac disease diagnoses have increased

12th May 2014

The diagnosis rate of coeliac disease has risen since 1990, although experts suggest this is not due to a greater proportion of people developing the condition.

Gluten coeliac

Instead, researchers have attributed the increase to a better diagnosis rate and easier tests.

Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK, said: "[This is] good news and will inevitably mean there will be an increased demand for gluten-free products in supermarkets."


Coeliac UK said that 75% of people with the disease in Britain are still undiagnosed - which equates to 500,000 people. Sleet described this as "a shocking statistic that needs urgent action".

Study

The research was carried out by the University of Nottingham and looked at data from 1990 to 2011. It found the diagnosis rate increased from 5.2 per 100,000 in 1990 to 19.1 per 100,000 in 2011.

The information was published in the American journal of Gastronenterology.

Further information

Coeliac disease is triggered by a reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. It can cause severe symptoms, such as: infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
 The current treatment is an adjustment in diet to avoid food with gluten in.

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