Although more doctors are now looking for celiac disease, it is understood by celiac experts that celiac disease is still underdiagnosed.
This is primarily due to the wide variety of symptoms that people can suffer from if they have celiac disease. There are hundreds of different symptoms. Many celiacs do not even have digestive symptoms. Some merely suffer from fatigue, others osteoporosis, and others headaches. And a significant number of people with celiac disease don’t develop obvious symptoms for many decades. Because of the complexity of the presentation of celiac disease, doctors are not dialed into the diagnosis and do not think to test for it as often as they should.
Another problem is that our medical system isn’t based on the principle of optimizing your health. It’s based on treating disease. We often settle for treating symptoms rather than looking for the cause of the problem. And even then, the symptoms often have to get severe before any real searching for a cause is undertaken. Diagnosing celiac disease is still usually a last resort, if done at all.
We need to shift medical care to focus on truly preventing problems rather than waiting for them to occur.
Excerpt from Reuters:
The number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease continued to rise over the past decade but leveled off in 2004, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data on a small but representative sample of people living in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and found that between the years 2000 and 2010, the number of new cases of celiac disease increased from about 11 people per 100,000 to about 17 people per 100,000.
“We’re finding a lot more celiac disease,” said Dr. Joseph Murray, the study’s senior author from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
“Some of that is probably that we’re better at detecting it, but the fact that we’re finding it all the time shows that there are a number of new cases,” he added.