My doctor told me that I am a “carrier” for celiac disease but I don’t have it…what does that mean?
-private, Illinois via email
Celiac disease is linked to heredity, meaning you only can develop celiac if you carry the gene(s) that predispose you to it.
Not everyone who carries the celiac disease gene(s) ultimately will develop the disease-only about 40% of the population has one or both of the necessary genes, only 1% of the population actually has celiac disease.
So having the genetic potential doesn’t mean you’ll be diagnosed with celiac disease and need to give up gluten; in fact, the odds are stacked against it!
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