May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

To celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month (and Cinco de Mayo!) I am posting some more information from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (celiaccentral.org).

Putting Celiac Disease in Perspective

  • Type 1 Diabetes affects 3 million people; 6% (180,000) of those diagnosed also have celiac disease.
  • 610,000 women in the US experience unexplained infertility; 6% (36,600) of these women might never learn that celiac disease is the cause.
  • 350,000 people in the United States are living with Down Syndrome; 12% (42,000) of them also have celiac disease.
  • The number of people with celiac disease in the U.S. would fill 4,400 Boeing 747 airplanes.
  • It would take 936 cruise ships to hold every American with celiac disease.
  • Americans with celiac disease could fill Comiskey Park (now US Cellular Field, with 40,000 seats) to watch the Chicago White Sox 55 times.
  • U.S. fans with celiac disease could fill Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, 37 times.
  • The number of people with celiac disease in the U.S. is roughly equal to the number of people living in the state of Nevada.
  • Alaska, Delaware, Washington DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah and Vermont all have populations that are less than 2,200,000, the number of people living with celiac disease in the United States.

Please help spread the word so more people can get properly diagnosed. You can download a free pdf Celiac Awareness kit here. Below are a couple of pages from the kit with basic information to share with family members and a video about celiac disease risk factors.

 

NFCA sheet "Family Talk: Getting Your Family Tested for Celiac Disease" about how to talk to your family about getting tested for celiac disease.

 

NFCA sheet "Family Talk: Getting Your Family Tested for Celiac Disease" about how to talk to your family about getting tested for celiac disease.

 

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Milo says….

The wind was gone today and Maizy took me for a WALK! The sky was blue again and all the good smells came back. I hope that scary wind NEVER comes back!

 

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