No popular authors found.


Get Celiac.com's E-Newsletter

Categories

No categories found.







Ads by Google:


Questions? Join Our Forum:
~1 Million Posts
& Over 66,000 Members!



SHARE THIS PAGE:
Celiac.com Sponsors:

Celiac Disease Quadruples Risk of Osteoporosis


Photo: CC-fromcolettewithlove

Celiac.com 07/01/2011 - People with celiac disease, who otherwise have no risk for osteoporosis, face a risk of developing progressive bone loss that is more than four times higher than the general population. This according to a study by the researchers from the Lancaster University School of Health and Medicine in the UK.

In the latest study, the team took bone mass density readings of participants' skeletal health using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scans. They did this for more than 1,000 adults with celiac disease. The results showed that the lumbar vertebrae of individuals with celiac disease showed significantly lower bone density than those of healthy individuals. The team announced their findings at the European League Against Rheumatism's 2011 Annual Congress.

No subject in the study had other risk factors for bone loss, and the team concluded that celiac disease increased the prospect of osteoporosis by a factor of four and a half, even among otherwise healthy adults.

Ads by Google:

Because lumbar vertebrae sit at the base the spinal column, they take the most pressure, and thus, a more likely place for osteoporosis-related fractures.

In the U.S., vertebral pressure fractures are the most common skeletal injury caused by progressive bone loss. Over a half a million vertebral pressure fractures occur each year, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

The UK study just the latest to show a connection between celiac disease and poor bone health. A 2010 report from Canada's University of Alberta that the average child with gluten allergies got less than half the amount of required vitamin K, as well as too little vitamin D.

The research team suggests that dietary supplements may improve nutrition in children with celiac disease, and thus reduce the likelihood that they will develop osteoporosis.

Source:

Celiac.com welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).












Related Articles



2 Responses:

 
SandraB
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on
04 Jul 2011 3:24:34 AM PST
This is not surprising, but very worrying. What about all those women with undiagnosed celiac disease who are pregnant and breastfeeding? Google Professor Christopher Kovacs, Calcium metabolism during pregnancy and lactation. Bone mineral content falls by up to 10 per cent after six months breast feeding in normal women. Pregnancy may induce significant skeletal losses in some women and predispose to fracture. This is a very strong argument for wider screening for celiac disease.
It may well be that gluten sensitivity will also be shown to produce absorption and similar bone problems.

 
Dawn Swanson
Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on
05 Jul 2011 2:06:58 PM PST
Knowing that celiac disease increases the risk is good. However, it is lacking sufficient information on what to do about it if you have celiac disease.




Rate this article and leave a comment:
Rating: * Poor Excellent
Your Name *: Email (private) *:




In Celiac.com's Forum Now:


If it is a lactose issue it will probably still bother you, early on over 10 years ago with my lactose intolerance I tried the goats cheese, it was not as painful but it still caused issues. You mention nuts, tried nut butters? I tolerate nut butters and cheese made with nuts very well. Homemad...

Yes Vitamin K is a big thing in my diet, not for the calcium issue for for helping stop bleeding. Due to the UC I make sure I eat something like kale, spinach, butter leaf each meal ALWAYs, paranoid about sorta funny. But I hope a constant supply helps my blood clot faster and perhaps lessen the ...

Hi Jherm I think some people on this board take nsaids but I find increasingly they make my stomach sore. It's difficult as I think nsaids used as anti-inflammatories aren't they and that would be useful in your circumstances I imagine. I do have a friend who like me has had gastrit...

Ennis_Tx, I am just now seeing your blog post. Look into Vitamin K and Boron both are important for Calcium levels. Vitamin D gets all the press but bone density has shown to improve with Vitamin K levels. Here is a quick google search about born from the Livestrong site. ...

Yes I'd love that! How do I send you my email address so the whole world Doesn't have it. Not that it really matters no one knows me lol.