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15 Jul 2016 1:46:53 PM PST
Why does Estonia have such a low incidence of celiac compared to Finland? They are genetically very similar populations, but Estonia appears to have a much lower percentage of its population developing celiac.
From what I have read, Finland is a big consumer of oral vitamin D fortified foods and fish oil, while Estonia is not. Could it be that
1) excessive oral vitamin D intake over time causes downregulation of vitamin D receptors in the intestine, contributing to intestinal permeability, and
2) vitamin D further enhances the immune system and helps trigger overreactions to gliadin?
If this is the case, wouldn't it be wiser to promote Vitamin D supplementation through dermal routes instead of adding it to more and more foods?




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