The prevalence of celiac disease in the United States has been estimated to be as high as one in 133 individuals. That equates to between 2.5 and 3 million Americans. Only 17 percent have been diagnosed, however.
Undiagnosed celiac patients are at greater risk of osteoporosis, anemia, infertility, type-1 diabetes and other serious illnesses, in addition to suffering ongoing health problems that can compromise quality of life.
Once diagnosed, people with celiac disease often receive no instruction on the only medical intervention to treat their condition: strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life. As a result, the newly diagnosed celiac struggles to learn the diet on his/her own, often consuming gluten by mistake and delaying their recovery.