New Study Identifies Racial and Ethnic Variations of Celiac Disease in the US (with patients from India’s Punjab region having the highest rates)

According to a Press Release from The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) dated 9 May 2016,

“About 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease, an immune-based condition brought on by the consumption of gluten in genetically susceptible patients. Among patients diagnosed with celiac disease by small intestinal biopsy in the U.S., those from the Punjab region of India have the highest rates of disease, according to new research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology1, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

While celiac disease was previously thought to be a disease predominantly affecting Caucasian Europeans, it is now recognized as one of the most common hereditary disorders worldwide,” said study author Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. “Our findings help shed light on the distribution of celiac disease in the U.S. and will aid gastroenterologists in diagnosing their patients.”

Read full Press Release here

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