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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about celiac disease

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  • Celiac disease may be hereditary, as people have a 1-in-10 chance of developing this illness if they have a first- or second-degree relative who already has the disorder. However, genetics isn’t the only precursor of celiac disease, as there are other risk factors that should be considered too
  • Organizations like Beyond Celiac, Celiac Disease Foundation and National Celiac Association not only work toward advancing research for the disease, but also help people diagnosed with the condition by providing emotional support and relevant information

Q: How common is celiac disease among people?

A: According to a 2018 meta-analysis of studies published between January 1991 and March 2016 from Asia, America, Africa and Australia, celiac disease affects 1.4% of 275,818 individuals involved in the studies, confirmed through blood test. The prevalence of biopsy-confirmed celiac disease, on the other hand, was 0.7%.1

Q: Is celiac disease hereditary?

A: Celiac disease may be hereditary, as people have a 1-in-10 chance of developing this illness if they have a first- or second-degree relative who already has the disorder. However, genetics isn’t the only precursor of celiac disease, as there are other risk factors that should be considered too.2

Q: How do you know if you have celiac disease?

A: The most common signs of celiac disease include diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, fatigue, vomiting, bloating, gas and constipation. However, patients with severe cases tend to experience more severe symptoms such as seizures and cognitive impairment.3,4,5

Q: What is refractory celiac disease?

A: Refractory celiac disease is a rare condition wherein patients experience continuous intestinal injuries even if they already followed a strict gluten-free diet for about six months to one year. This can cause malabsorption.6

Q: Can celiac disease cause weight gain?

A: No. Weight loss is actually one of the hallmark symptoms of celiac disease due to malabsorption.7 However, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Spectrum, people with celiac disease may gain weight upon following a gluten-free diet due to “improved absorption of nutrients and improvement in abdominal symptoms.”8

Q: Is celiac disease contagious?

A: No, celiac disease isn’t contagious because it’s not caused by an organism that can be transferred from one person to another. Its development is influenced by genetic and environmental factors.9

Q: Is there a foundation for celiac disease patients?

A: Organizations like Beyond Celiac, Celiac Disease Foundation and National Celiac Association10 not only work toward advancing research for the disease, but also help people diagnosed with the condition by providing emotional support and relevant information. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also has a list of celiac disease organizations that you can check for groups located near your state.11

Q: Can celiac disease kill you?

A: While celiac disease itself is not life-threatening, there are complications linked to this disorder that may cause a patient’s death. These include cancers, neurological problems and malnutrition.12

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