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Celiac diagnosis rate grows fourfold in U.K.

New research from the University of Nottingham has found a fourfold increase in the rate of diagnosed cases of celiac disease in the U.K. over the past two decades, according to Coeliac UK, the national charity for celiac disease. Still, three quarters of people with celiac disease remain undiagnosed, the group said.

The National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) previously estimated that only 10-15% of those with celiac disease had been diagnosed, however, this latest research by Dr. Joe West from University of Nottingham, funded by Coeliac UK and CORE has shown that the level of diagnosis has increased to 24%.

In the study, which was published by The American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers identified the number of people diagnosed during the study period using the diagnostic codes for celiac disease recorded in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (1990-2011).

Sarah Sleet, chief executive of Coeliac UK said: "This latest research shows that nearly a quarter of people with celiac disease have now been diagnosed and gives an up to date picture of the diagnosis levels across the U.K. Of course, increasing numbers with a diagnosis is good news and will inevitably mean that there will be an increased demand for gluten-free products in supermarkets. But the three quarters undiagnosed is around 500,000 people--a shocking statistic that needs urgent action."

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Publication:Nutraceuticals World
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Date:Jul 1, 2014
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