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    Parkinson's Patient with Celiac Disease Makes Dramatic Recovery on Gluten-free Diet

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    Caption: Image: Wikimedia Commons.

    Celiac.com 09/29/2014 - Can a gluten-free diet lead to dramatic improvement of Parkinsonian symptoms in patients with celiac disease?

    Image: Wikimedia Commons.In the January issue of the the Journal of Neurology, researchers Vincenzo Di Lazzaro, Fioravante Capone, Giovanni Cammarota, Daniela Di Giuda, and Federico Ranieri report on the case of a man who saw a dramatic improvement of Parkinsonian symptoms after gluten-free diet.

    The researchers are affiliated with the Department of Neurosciences at the Institute of Neurology, Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, Italy.

    This case is interesting because it supports a growing body of research that indicates that, in some cases, gluten toxicity might adversely impact the nervous system, producing symptoms identical to classical Parkinson’s disease.

    The man in question was a 75-year-old Parkinson’s disease patient with silent celiac disease saw major improvements in his symptoms after a 3-month long gluten-free diet.

    Noting the positive results in this patient, and the fact that celiac disease often manifests with only neurological symptoms, even in older patients, the researchers are calling for a deeper exploration to determine if there are higher rates of celiac disease in people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, or the related multi-factorial neurodegenerative condition known as Parkinsonism.

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    I have to take a prescription, which is also used for Parkinsons, for restless legs. I have been getting B vitamin/magnesieum/Folic acid shots, which have really helped my legs. I tried it as the B vitamin shots were something that helped my Grandmother, who could not absorb B vitamins orally. They said she had pernicious anemia. This was 25-30 years ago and we had not heard of celiac, which my aunt also had. I also try to walk a few miles a day but don't always have time. So there is something related to reduced absorption with celiac. I also read somewhere that 34% of celiacs have restless legs. Maybe you could do an article on that?

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    Unaware of this info. Also, do you have any data about gluten sensitivity as related to FODMAPS?

    Thank you.

    I can't paste links into this field for anti-spam reasons, but do a search for FODMAPS on celiac.com, and you'll see a number of articles on the subject.

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    I have to take a prescription, which is also used for Parkinsons, for restless legs. I have been getting B vitamin/magnesieum/Folic acid shots, which have really helped my legs. I tried it as the B vitamin shots were something that helped my Grandmother, who could not absorb B vitamins orally. They said she had pernicious anemia. This was 25-30 years ago and we had not heard of celiac, which my aunt also had. I also try to walk a few miles a day but don't always have time. So there is something related to reduced absorption with celiac. I also read somewhere that 34% of celiacs have restless legs. Maybe you could do an article on that?

    Thanks for your comment! Our anti-spam settings prevent me from posting live links in this area, but do a search for 'restless leg' on celiac.com search bar, and you'll see a number of articles on the subject. I hope that helps.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He 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 science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF 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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