Celiac diagnosis can come years after symptoms begin

Many people suffer with what seem like common digestive system troubles without realizing they have celiac disease. A 2007 survey taken by the Canadian Celiac Association's more than 5,000 members found the average time to diagnosis was 12 years, and many people had seen three physicians in the process. Screening tests are available, but the only real treatment for celiac disease is adopting a gluten-free diet.

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