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Weaker Bones, More Fractures for Celiac Disease Patients


New study reveals celiacs have weaker bones. Photo: Broken arm - CC - santheo

Celiac.com 03/11/2011 - At the December 2010 Annual Conference of the Endocrine Society of India (ESICON), Dr. Ameya Joshi presented a paper on the reduced bone density, and elevated risk of bone fracture faced by people with both celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. The paper was awarded second prize among conference presentations.

Dr. Joshi's research was conducted under the auspices of the endocrinology department of BYL Nair Hospital, and the supervision of department head, Premlata Varthakavi.

In his recent study, Dr. Joshi found that people with both celiac disease and type 1 diabetes have been found to have poor bone mineral density, making them susceptible to fractures.

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For his study, Dr. Joshi's research team tested 80 type 1 diabetics. They found that 11 of the 80 patients had celiac disease.

A control group of 22 patients suffered from type 1 diabetes without celiac disease. Patient ranged in age from 12 years to 40 years.

“While many suffer from typical symptoms such as gastrointestinal problems, others suffer from fractures from unrecognized trauma,” said Dr Joshi, adding, “Simple dietary measures can reverse these symptoms and improve bone density.”

While similar research has been done in the West, this is the first study by an Indian research team to show a correlation between celiac disease and low bone mineral density in type 1 diabetics.

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Diane Aragon
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14 Mar 2011 4:06:45 PM PDT
I have poor mineral density and have just found out that I have celiac disease and am 68 years old. I have no other symptoms except osteopororis. I have tried the gluten free diet and it caused me to feel bloated and very gassy. I have now gone off the diet and feel much better. My daughter has celiac and has all of the symptoms and has to be on the diet.

 
Haley
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06 Jun 2011 6:08:11 PM PDT
Diane, if you are a celiac and don't follow the diet your chances for a GI cancer increase greatly. Of course that is your decision.




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