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Celiac Disease Risk Rises as People Age, Study in U.S. Shows

Celiac disease, which damages the lining of the gut and is triggered by eating food containing gluten, occurs more often as adults age, according to a study suggesting that environmental influences may be involved.

Cases doubled in a sample of 3,511 patients followed from 1974 to 1989, according to proteins measured in blood samples. This provides evidence that the condition doesn’t start in childhood, as doctors once thought it did, researchers said today in the Annals of Medicine.