The exact number of people who have
celiac disease is not known. Newer screening tests
have shown that many people with this condition have only mild symptoms or none
at all. Because of this and the fact that some doctors may not consider celiac
disease as a possible diagnosis when symptoms occur, the condition is now known
to be more common than originally believed. About 1 in 100 people in the United
States have celiac disease.1
When Jennifer Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, the actress was shocked and relieved. "It was hard, but it was also the day I realized the person I once knew as 'me' was gone," says Esposito, 39, who plays detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS hit police drama Blue Bloods.
Misleading advice and a delayed diagnosis cost Esposito precious "life" time as she searched for the reasons behind a litany of unexplained ailments, she says. Now she's determined to save others from...