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Traveling Abroad - A Risk Factor For Celiac?

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#1 glutenmaestro


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:45 PM

Is traveling abroad a risk factor for celiac disease? Samuel Gee, from back in 1888, made an interesting statement about this below.



Samuel Gee - Wikipedia 



In 1888, Gee published the first complete modern description of the clinical picture of coeliac disease, and theorised on the importance of diet in its control.


Gee acknowledges earlier findings and terms for the disease and adopts the same term as Aretaeus. Unlike Aretaeus, he includes children in the scope of the affection, particularly those between one and five years old. He notes that most adults with the cœliac affection have been abroad.



I am interested in your thoughts on this. 

Edited by glutenmaestro, 24 November 2013 - 07:19 PM.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 07:38 PM

Hi glutenmaestro,

Welcome! Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, one of the celiac researchers at Columbia University, just published a review of all that is known about risk factors for celiac disease and he did not include travel.

The link to his paper is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/24211288.


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:50 PM

Thanks for the link. I did some further reading on the Wikipedia article about Samuel Gee and his references to travel, and noted the following paragraph:


The disease he describes in adults, affecting those returning from India and other foreign parts, is likely to have been tropical sprue. For many years this was inadequately distinguished from coeliac disease, which was also known as non-tropical sprue. 

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