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    Celiac Disease Missed as Cause of Iron-Deficiency Anemia

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    Br J Haematol 2000;111:898-901.

    Celiac.com 02/15/2001 - As reported in the December issue of the British Journal of Haematology, Dr. D. J. Unsworth of Southmead Hospital in Bristol, UK, and colleagues examined 483 blood samples that were found to be anemic (hemoglobin

    Results: The researchers found that by screening anemic adults for celiac disease they ended up with a detection rate of 6%, compared with 0% detection of celiac disease using EDTA blood samples from 250 non-anemic blood donors.

    Conclusion: Celiac disease in menstruating women is under-investigated as a potential cause of iron-deficiency anemia. Celiac disease serology is easy, cheap and reliable, and the researchers recommend that all cases of anemia with an uncertain cause, including when the only cause is though to be menstruation, be tested for celiac disease-associated autoantibodies.


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    I have to take ferritin (iron) supplement because celiac disease apparently affects one's absorption of iron. Have noticed what appears to be clusters of hemosiderin deposits on feet near ankles.

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    I recently found out that I now have celiac, however with all that I am learning about it, I am realizing that I may have had it my whole life, but it recently just went into over drive. I am 46 and am perimenopausal, heavy periods, and am hypoglycemic, and anemic and that my hypoglycemia never went away after having my daughter due to already having symptoms of or early stages of celiac. I now suffer with headaches, fatigue, restlessness at night, nausea and heightened hunger pains, and almost no energy, or strength!

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    Celiac.com's Founder and CEO, Scott was diagnosed with celiac disease  in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. Scott launched the site that later became Celiac.com in 1995 "To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives."  In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.

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