A bit of a follow up to my post last week about the Mayo Clinic study about Celiac Disease. So I got my hands on a copy of the full journal article (many thanks to Alex for this!) and part of my question of "what is going on?" regarding the dramatic increase in CD cases was solved. In the discussion portion of the article, the authors outlined a few possible reasons for the 4-fold increase in Celiac Disease in the US in the past 50 years:
First off, the authors acknowledge that the reasons for this increase is unknown, but could be caused by:
-changes in wheat genetics
-changes in patterns of early childhood infections
-change in human immune system interactions
-dietary changes (more highly processed nutrients) modifying gene expression in humans
Setting aside the other half of the results (the increased mortality rate of undiagnosed CD), the dramatic increase in the rates of Celiac Diease, now thought to be 1 in 100 people, is still mind boggling. If you were born in the 1980s, you are 4x as likely to have Celiac Disease than if you were born in the 1950s.
I don't think its an exaggeration when the study concludes that "Celiac Disease is emerging as a substantial public health concern in the United States."
In other news, I moved and am in the process of setting up my gluten-free kitchen! After the moth infestation over the summer, I am seriously considering keeping all gf flours in glass Ball jars. Any other tips or suggestions?