Italy: number of individuals affected by celiac disease 2016, by area

In 2016, celiac disease was much more widespread in the north than in the rest of Italy. In 2017, the regions with the largest number of people suffering from this condition were Lombardy, Lazio and Campania. The   number of new cases reported fluctuated over time. In 2014, it reached an all-time low of 7,705 new cases. Thereafter, this number steadily increased until 2016, before decreasing again in 2017.  

Epidemiology of celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that prevents people from ingesting gluten, since this causes damage to their small intestine. In Italy, this disease was more common among females than among males and the group consisting of   people aged 19 to 40 years was the most affected.

Expenditure on gluten-free products

The Autonomous Province of Bolzano – with 1,630.15 euros - recorded the   greatest expenditure per capita on gluten-free products nationwide, whereas Sardinia was the region with the lowest spending per capita in Italy. In this region the spending on gluten-free products amounted to 918.41 euros per capita in 2017.

Number of individuals affected by celiac disease in Italy in 2016, by geographic area

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January 2018



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