Celiac Disease Seems to Be on the Rise, Mainly in Elderly

The autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease appears to be on the rise, particularly among elderly Americans, new research suggests.

Researchers from the United States and Italy uncovered evidence that overall incidence rates of the disease — marked by an intolerance to the protein gluten that is found in wheat, barley and rye — have been doubling every 15 years since 1974.

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