- Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders
- Autism and Celiac Disease
Autism and Celiac Disease
A gluten-free diet does nothing to improve behaviors or symptoms of children with autism, according to the most comprehensive and carefully controlled research on diet in autism to date.
Most case reports suggest an association between autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) and celiac disease (CD) or positive CD serologic test results, but larger studies are contradictory.
A team of researchers recently set out to assess immune reactivity to gluten in children diagnosed with autism according to strict criteria, and to evaluate the potential link between autism and celiac disease.
Over the past several years, researchers have made substantial progress in understanding the causes of autism, which now afflicts about 1 in 88 children. However, very little news of this progress seems to have spread into popular consciousness, much of which continues to focus on the possible role of vaccines.