Earlier this month, we brought news of research from Australia suggesting that celiac disease appears to be a lot more common that previously thought. Now, researchers in Scotland have also found that the number of children with celiac disease may have reached record levels.
Scientists have discovered that celiac disease now affects six times more children living in Scotland than it did in 1990.
Researchers based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh found that the rate of children being newly diagnosed with celiac disease increased from 1.7 per 100,000 children in 1990-1994 to 11.8 per 100,000 in 2005-2009.
The team considered a number of possible reasons for this rise. Factors could include changing patterns of childhood infections as a result of ongoing improvements in healthcare, greater awareness of celiac disease and it’s symptoms or simply the result of better and more rigorous testing.
Peter Gillett, of Edinburgh University’s department of child life and health thinks there is more behind this increase than heightened awareness and better testing.
“It also confirms the need to look further at factors influencing why we are seeing more patients with coeliac disease.”
Why do you think more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac disease? Is is simply better awareness and testing or something more?
Post authored by Laura (Gluten Free Traveller) http://glutenfreetraveller.com/