Celiac.com 05/30/2007 - The results of a study recently published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology shows that patients with celiac disease can consume oats with no risk of adverse immunological effects.

An international research team made up of doctors Tarja Kemppainen (1); Esko Janatuinen (2); Kati Holm (3); Veli-Matti Kosma (4); Markku Heikkinen (5); Markku Mäki (3); Kaija Laurila (3); Matti Uusitupa (1); Risto Julkunen (5), set out to evaluate local cellular immune response after 5 years of oat consumption by adult celiac patients.

The doctors looked at a group of 42 celiac patients who had previously participated in a 6-12 month oats intervention study.

22 of these patients already incorporated oats as part of their gluten-free diet. During the 5-year follow-up study, 10 patients who were concerned about the safety of long-term oat consumption stopped eating oats. The 12 remaining patients consumed oats for the whole 5-year period. The remaining 20 celiac patients formed the control group, and followed a strict, conventional, gluten-free diet that excluded oats.

The team conducted biopsies and counted Intraepithelial CD3, TCR (IEL) and TCR (IEL) T cells to determine corresponding densities.

No Adverse Effects for Celiac Disease Patients Who Eat Oats

The results showed no differences in the densities of CD3, IEL and IEL T cells between the oat and the control groups. The researchers concluded that the mucosa of the small intestine show no immunological response in celiac patients who consume oats over a long period of time.

Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Volume 42, Issue 1 2007 , pages 54 - 59

Participating Institutions:

  • Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital. Kuopio. Finland
  • Department of General Medicine, Al Mafraq Hospital. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Medical School, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital. Tampere. Finland
  • Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, University of Kuopio and Kuopio University Hospital.
  • Gastroenterological Unit, Department of Medicine, Kuopio University Hospital. Finland

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