The History of Pain: History of Celiac Disease

There is one thing that I would like to talk about today, and that thing is the history of celiac disease. Celiac disease is one of the many diseases that has today riddled humanity. It is an infamous disease that stems from gluten consumption and it is basically a disease that propelled the anti-gluten hipster movement (little did those hipsters know that gluten is basically safe as long as you do not have gluten sensitivity). Because of how infamous it is, it is only right for us to talk about how it can be as infamous as it is today. In today’s History of Pain, I want to show you a bit about the history of celiac disease. 

The history of celiac disease timeline: why does celiac disease exist?

A long time ago, in a country far far away, humanity gathered fruits from the trees and meats from the animals of the wild. They did so to preserve themselves, to prevent them from dying of hunger. One moment not far from that very own, some kinky caveman thought that perhaps people can drink milk from a cow’s udder much like they can drink milk from their women. And so that dorky caveman embarked on a journey to drink from a cow’s udder. The dorky caveman succeed in life and found out that cow’s milk is as drinkable as a human’s one. Turns out nothing bad happened to his body and he proceeded to drink the nectar that the cow gave him. That dorky caveman became people who are not riddled with celiac disease.

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Another caveman, this time a bit smarter than the dorky caveman back then, thought that perhaps one can eat the oval things that popped out of a chicken’s butt. And so the smarter caveman ate the oval thing that popped out of a chicken’s butt. That smarter caveman also became people who are safe from celiac disease.

However, there are some cavemen who drank milk and ate eggs and right after developed an unknown disease in their body. This disease, the celiac disease, keeps going on and on in their bloodline, hence why there are people of the present time who still got celiac disease (these people are weak some might say, but each to their own).

So if people ever ask why celiac disease exist, you can tell them that celiac disease exists today because of the continuation of a weak bloodline. I know that is a bit tough on those with celiac disease, but it is the truth. That is why the family history of celiac disease is a thing to consider before you can apply for celiac disease test. 

Is it possible for someone with no family history of celiac disease to get celiac disease?

It is possible, but at the same time highly unlikely. Celiac disease can be seen as a genetic disease because it is very hereditical, but there are cases where people with no family with celiac disease get celiac disease. Perhaps the gene pool was not being nice to those particular people at the time of their inception, who knows?

That is all I have regarding today’s article. Hope I can help you getting to know better about the history of celiac disease.

Facts of Celiac: How Common is Celiac Disease?

This ‘how common is celiac disease’ question is an interesting question to study. While celiac disease is a disease that is infamous for eating lots of victims, there are still questions about the validity of this disease. Is it a common thing to encounter today? Is it a disease that can hide itself well? How high it is the chance for you in encountering people with celiac disease? Is there a chance that a person you know is a person with celiac disease? Those questions and all of the other questions will be answered today in this article, and if you are curious to learn more about them, then you would do better than to leave this article on the cold recess of internet.

This article, of course, will compare about the numbers of people with celiac disease in many countries, so stay tuned if you are curious on how common is celiac disease.

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Let us start with the first thing: how common is celiac disease in the world?

If I have to speak frankly, celiac disease is pretty common in the world. It is called a common disease not because the numbers have been tested, no. It is only common because many people all over the world claim that they got celiac disease. Because celiac disease is kind of new kid on the disease block, not many tests have been undertaken to point the exact number of how common celiac disease is in the world. These tests take place in developed countries first, and even in those countries the exact figures are yet known. I cannot simply say that 99 percent of the world is riddled with celiac disease because there is no exact number for me to work on!

Let us narrow the scope to simplify it. How common is celiac disease in the US?

This one is a bit easier to answer, but that does not mean the answer would be simple. Bear in mind that there will be lots of statistic down below, so if you cannot handle them, do skip to the very end of this subheading.

In the USA, you can find a person with celiac disease out of 133 healthy person. It is one to 56 when we are talking with the symptoms in mind. 40 percent of the diagnosed children and 59 percent of the diagnosed adults got celiac disease in them. Only 35 percent of the positively tested got diarrhea (people once thought that you need to have diarrhea to be diagnosed with celiac disease. This statistic shows that it is not the case).

For those who do not care about statistics, roughly an amount of 3 million Americans got a positively tested celiac disease.  It is a lot, but I do not think that it is that common.

Let us talk about the northwestern part of the world: how common is celiac disease in Europe?

For a place where many of the countries are developed, Europe actually got a vague number of celiac disease occurrence. Many researches have shown that from the big European countries (the UK, France, Germany, and Spain), there is only 1 percent of people with celiac disease out of the total population of the four countries. The undiagnosed and the misdiagnosed can reach up to 90 percent. The low number of  positively diagnosed people over in Europe means that celiac disease is not that prevalent over there compared to in the United States of America. I wonder why.

That is all about how common is celiac disease in the world, in the USA, and in Europe.

Curing the Celiac: Blood Test for Celiac Disease

Some people have been asking me about blood test for celiac disease. So many questions have been thrown around like Indians threw their tomahawk at invaders, and while some are already answered, there are many like those who are yet to have an answer embedded to their ends. That is why I am writing this article. I am here to tell you all the things you need and to answer all of the questions you may or may not have surrounding blood test for celiac disease. 

This question is pretty interesting: is there an at home blood test for celiac disease?

If you have the tool, of course you can do all types of tests in your house. Celiac disease can be tested as well, but only if have the capability and the kits to do so.

If we are speaking generally (you are a commoner with no practical experience surrounding the world of health and medicine), then no. You cannot test your blood without having a bit of knowledge surrounding it. Even if you do know about it, there are several procedures that you must undergo to check whether or nor you have celiac disease in your body.

Some people claim that they can diagnose themselves with celiac disease at their home without looking on their blood under the scope. Those people are sorely mistaken. Why? Because there are another thing that resembles celiac disease, and that thing is aptly named gluten sensitivity.

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Gluten sensitivity is not the same as celiac disease. People with celiac disease will always be gluten sensitive, but not all people who are gluten sensitive have celiac disease (you can see your intestine. If its damaged, then perhaps you got celiac disease). 

Can a blood test for celiac disease be wrong?

Of course it can.

That is it? No further explanation on your answer?

Nope. Next question, please.

Okay. Unto the next question: how much does a blood test for celiac disease cost?

Oh this one is pretty interesting.

I do not have the exact figure for the cost, but I am pretty sure that the cost is a bit high compared to other types of blood testing. Because the test will not be finished in just one try, you need to undergo several tests before it can show the most accurate of results. Each tests will cost you a slight fortune, and because there are so many of them to undergo, that slight fortune will grow into a marginally larger one. If you are prepared to splurge some cash, the cost will not terror you that bad, but if you are somewhat poor, the bill will hurt you like a lot.

If you have insured yourself, some insurance companies will cover some of the testing cost. They will not cover all of it unless it ticks the company’s checklist, so be prepared to co-cover the costs of the tests.

Celiac disease is a pretty harmful disease to have around, so if you start to see its symptoms in your body, then you might want to visit the local hospital and ask for a blood test for celiac disease.