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Genetic Testing and Celiac Disease

I just read a wonderful article in the New York Times by Dr. Sheila Crowe, a professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology in the department of medicine at the University of Virginia.  I was intrigued when the article started out by asking the question of do the Irish have a higher percentage of celiac disease than other populations.

My husband is Irish and therefore my kids are Irish too.  Whenever I go to celiac events I seem to notice a higher percentage of Irish folks and Jews than others in the room.  Now, I live in Chicago, and there seem to be a higher percentage of Irish folks and Jews everywhere.  But I have always been curious about the actual statistics.  I also was intrigued about the many answers Dr. Crowe gave regarding testing for celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

To read the article regarding celiac disease from the New York Times click here.

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2 Responses to “Genetic Testing and Celiac Disease”

  1. Margo says:

    My husband and I are Jewish, and my son’s GI specialist said that Celiac disease was not as common among Ashkenazi Jews (versus Colitus and other GU related diseases). He did say that it was more common among those of Irish decent.

    We also live in Chicago, and there are very few Jewish people in our community that have Celiacs. I’m curious why you think there’s a higher percentage among Jews since so far this has not been out experience (but then again, we are new to this stuff!)

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