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Prospective Study of Body Mass Index in Patients with Celiac Disease

A study on body mass has been done by Dr. William Dickey, which was recently published in the British Medical Journal. Dickey W, Bodkin S. - Prospective Study of Body Mass Index in Patients with Coeliac Disease, British Medical Journal 1998: 317: 1290 (November 7 issue).

Summary: Body mass index (BMI) was calculated in 50 newly diagnosed adult coeliac patients. Only 11 (22%) were underweight (BMI <20) while 17 (34%) were overweight (BMI 25 or over). Of 15 men in the series, only one (7%) was underweight, with 10 (67%) overweight. Only a minority of patients fit the obviously malnourished stereotype and the possibility of coeliac disease should not be discounted if the patient is overweight. welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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