Breast-feeding Reduces Risk Of Celiac Disease
Posted 23 November 2005 - 07:31 AM
Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:05 PM GMT
By David Douglas
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It appears that breast-feeding lowers the risk of developing celiac disease, a common gastrointestinal problem caused by intolerance to a grain protein called gluten, according to a report in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
As lead investigator Dr. Tony Akobeng told Reuters Health, "breast-feeding at the time of solid food introduction significantly reduces the risk of celiac disease." Moreover, "the longer a baby is breast-fed, the more likely (the child) will not develop symptoms of celiac disease."
Akobeng of Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals in the UK and colleagues came to this conclusion after a review of six studies, involving more than 1,100 individuals with celiac disease and almost 3500 comparison subjects.
With the exception of one small study involving just 8 cases and 73 controls, all of the others found an association between increasing duration of breast-feeding and a decreased risk of celiac disease.
Compared with infants who were not breast-fed at the time of gluten introduction, breast-fed infants were 52-percent less likely to develop celiac disease.
It is not known how this protection is achieved, according to the investigators. It may simply be that breast-feeding during weaning leads to less gluten exposure. Breast-feeding could also reduce intestinal infection that might reduce the risk of celiac disease in susceptible infants.
The researchers also note that it is not clear whether breast-feeding "delays the onset of symptoms or provides a permanent protection against the disease."
SOURCE: Archives of Disease in Childhood, November 21, 2005.
Retested Jan. 2006: Negative blood tests: "Results do not support a diagnosis of celiac disease. Serological markers for celiac disease were not detected."
Results for 2006 endoscope/biopsy pending.
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Posted 23 November 2005 - 08:28 AM
Living in the beautiful Ozark mountains in Arkansas
positive blood tests and later, positive biopsy
diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day
Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!
Posted 23 November 2005 - 08:32 AM
Posted 23 November 2005 - 03:58 PM
I can t find any explenation for his condition today,rather than his diet later in life,alot of milk,and pizza!!
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