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National Celiac Awareness Day

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DESU chapter.

September 13th is National Celiac Awareness Day! If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry.  We created a cheat sheet for you full of fun facts and information about it!  


  • Celiac Disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that affects the inner lining of the small intestine.  Creating problems with digesting gluten and nutrients in food.  

  • Celiac Disease is also known as Coelic Disease

  • About 1 in every 133 Americans has celiac disease (1%)

  • It can affect anyone and everyone, it doesn’t matter what race or gender you are

  • It is a lifelong disease, therefore those with Celiac Disease are told to go on a lifelong gluten-free diet

  • If untreated, it can lead to other disorders and diseases (infertility, some cancers)

  • It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.

  • The green ribbon represents Celiac Disease

  • It would affect someone mentally, physically, and emotionally

  • It typically takes about 8-10 years to get diagnosed

  • If diagnosed, you will have to go to a GI (gastroenterologist)

  • Gastroenterologist: a physician who specializes in diseases of the digestive system, also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

  • Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015. (Source: Packaged Facts, 2011)


Now that you know what Celiac Disease is, you can test your friends’ knowledge in a trivia and help promote awareness every year on September 13th.


*To learn more visit: https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/ *


Hi everyone, I am from the Lonestar state, go cowboys!  I lived in several places including some countries which I love writing about, along with writing about lifestyle.  I am majoring in Mass Communications with a with a minor in history!