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

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.

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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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06 Oct 2014 2:52:05 PM PDT
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?

 
Jefferson
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15 Oct 2014 6:49:07 PM PDT
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.

 
J.polley
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07 Oct 2014 2:41:33 PM PDT
Unaware of this info. Also, do you have any data about gluten sensitivity as related to FODMAPS?
Thank you.

 
Jefferson
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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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