Celiac.com 08/28/2018 - There have been a number of studies that tried to estimate risk levels for celiac disease in patients with osteoporosis, but the data has been highly variable and inconclusive. To address this, a team of researchers recently set out to investigate rates of celiac disease among individuals with osteoporosis.
The research team included M. Laszkowska, S. Mahadev, J. Sundström, B. Lebwohl, P. H. R. Green, K. Michaelsson, and J. F. Ludvigsson. They are variously affiliated with the Department of Medicine, Celiac Disease Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA, the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala Clinical Research Center, Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, the Department of Paediatrics, Örebro University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden, and with the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham in Nottingham, UK.
To confirm their data, the team used fixed‐effects inverse variance‐weighted models, and tested heterogeneity through both subgroup analysis and meta‐regression. They found a total of eight relevant studies, containing data from 3,188 people with osteoporosis. From this group, the team found 59 individuals, or just under 2%, with celiac disease.
A weighted pooled analysis showed biopsy‐confirmed celiac disease in 1.6% of osteoporosis patients.
The team found moderate heterogeneity (I2 = 40.1%), which was influenced by the underlying celiac disease rates in the general population. After adding four studies covering a total of 814 people with celiac disease, based on positive tissue transglutaminase or endomysial antibodies, the pooled rate was comparable (1.6%; 95% CI = 1.2%‐2.0%).
About 1.6% of people with osteoporosis have biopsy‐verified celiac disease. That’s about the same rate as the general population. Based on this data, the team sees no need to routinely screen osteoporosis patients for celiac disease, contrary to current guidelines. They suggest additional studies to assess the benefits and desirability of such screening programs.
So, it looks like there’s no reason for people with osteoporosis, or their doctors, to be concerned about celiac disease unless patients shows some physical symptoms or signs.
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