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    Could Childhood Trauma Be Causing Celiac Disease?

      New findings by a team of researchers at McMaster University show a strong correlation between childhood stress and trauma, and the presence of celiac disease in adults.


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    Celiac.com 08/07/2019 - Could childhood stress and trauma help drive the development of celiac disease in adulthood? New findings by a team of researchers at McMaster University show a strong correlation between childhood stress and trauma, and the presence of celiac disease in adults.

    In their opinion, the findings indicate a need for psycho-social assessments in clinical gastroenterology practice. Such assessments could help researchers to better understand the factors driving the development of celiac disease and lead to improved care of celiac patients.

    The data showed that substance abuse among family members during childhood, and neglectful parenting were significantly more common in people with celiac disease, compared to healthy controls. The analysis also showed a small, but significant, correlation between early-life events and the severity of constipation.

    The data showed no connection between early-life events and diarrhea, abdominal pain or extra-intestinal symptoms, say the researchers.

    Although preliminary, the data indicates that psychological treatment could benefit some people with celiac disease. Not every celiac disease patient has severe symptoms, but severe symptoms may be an indication that something else is going on, says Dr. Noejovich. 

    University of Chicago celiac expert, Dr. Stefano Guandalini, says that early-life stressors likely interact with genetic factors, including "delivery by C-section, frequent viral infections in the first couple of years of life, use of antibiotics, a large amount of gluten in the first two years, and a diet rich in red meats, fats and refined sugars. 

    It is not clear exactly how early life trauma might actually contribute to celiac disease development or severity, but, says Dr. Guandalini, "one may speculate that in this case, too, perturbances of the gut microbiota related to the stress may be at play.

    Further prospective studies are needed to confirm the findings, but Jason Tye-Din, MD, PhD, the head of the celiac research laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, in Parkville, Australia, called the findings intriguing. 

    He says that psychological factors like "anxiety and depression are well reported in patients with established celiac disease, and there is good evidence to support a role for psychological counseling, although this tends to be underdone in real-world practice."

    He ads that, "If confirmed, this would set the scene for interesting future research to define the specific trigger and how the adverse [celiac disease] effects are mediated."

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    Between the ages of 9 and 12 I experienced childhood trauma and was under a lot of stress.  I was diagnosed with celiac at the age of 61.  I never had any if the classic signs of celiac.  Mine was discovered by a colonoscopy primarily for polyp monitoring.  I was very surprised to learn I had celiac disease.  I NEVER EVER would have correlated the celiac disease with childhood stress or trauma. 

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    Yes,

    these findings make sense to my case as I ate a diet full of red meats as well as experiencing neglect, abuse, stress, depression, anxiety and large amounts of antibiotics. 

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    hmm,

    I lived a very happy life, very little stress, and was well liked as a child and adolescent and became diagnosed at age 55

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    I had plenty of childhood trauma (molested by father at age 4 and more). I have severe constipation now. I had anorexia as a teen. Yup, I'm a walking celiac diagnosis. I even quit smoking around the time my doc thinks I developed Celiac. Yikes.

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    I didn't have much trauma, but was always sick as a child which I was given lots of antibiotics.  This lead to anxiety at an early age and depression as an adult.  I was diagnosed with Celiac at the age of 38.

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    On 8/13/2019 at 11:24 AM, Guest Ella said:

    Between the ages of 9 and 12 I experienced childhood trauma and was under a lot of stress.  I was diagnosed with celiac at the age of 61.  I never had any if the classic signs of celiac.  Mine was discovered by a colonoscopy primarily for polyp monitoring.  I was very surprised to learn I had celiac disease.  I NEVER EVER would have correlated the celiac disease with childhood stress or trauma. 

    Same with me had a lot of childhood trauma and stress and at age 60 diagnosed with celiac disease, CVS also

     

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    Jefferson Adams earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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