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- Celiac Disease (CD) is a chronic autoimmune condition primarily affecting the small intestine.
- CD is triggered by ingestion of gluten and the only effective treatment for CD involves strict and lifelong elimination of dietary gluten.
- Compliance with the gluten free diet (GFD) relies on purchasing gluten-free foods. Studies have shown the cost of a GFD to be from 76% to 518% more expensive than gluten containing counterparts. Because of this, the economic burden that CD patients face may be substantial, placing these patients at high risk for dietary neglect.
- Financial limitation aside, GFD availability also varies by differing neighborhoods, resulting in economic food deserts across the country.
Gastroenterology | Medicine and Health Sciences
Cao, MD, Christopher; Block, MD, Peter; Russell, MD, Madeline; Robbins, MD, Justin; DiMarino, MD, Anthony J.; and Moleski, Stephanie, "The Socioeconomic Impact on Presentation and Clinical Course of Celiac Disease" (2022). Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Posters.