Q. It still takes about 10 years, on average, for people to receive an accurate diagnosis for celiac disease. Why?
A. Symptoms of celiac disease can look like so many other problems—the flu, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), anxiety, ADD/ADHD in children, forgetfulness, psychological disorders like depression, infertility of unknown causes, bone disease, chronic fatigue, just to name a few. People will seek help for years while they continue to get sicker. It’s not that the diagnosis is hard. What’s hard, I think, is for most doctors to understand that celiac disease is fairly common, and that you don’t have to be skinny or have chronic diarrhea to have it. It simply isn’t on most doctors’ radar screens yet, so it still takes an average of 10 years to get a diagnosis.