Bone Problems in Kids With Celiac Disease may be Reduced by Gluten-free Diet

by Rajashri on  October 11, 2009 at 10:10 AM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
 Bone Problems in Kids With Celiac Disease may be Reduced by Gluten-free Diet
A new study has said that gluten-free diet can affect recovery of children with celiac disease (CD), an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by life-long intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

Although CD can be diagnosed at any age, it commonly occurs during early childhood (between 9 and 24 months). Reduced bone mineral density is often found in individuals with CD.

Now, the new article in the journal Nutrition Reviews examines the literature on the topic.

Metabolic bone disease remains a significant and common complication of CD. Reduced bone mineral density can lead to the inability to develop optimal bone mass in children and the loss of bone in adults, both of which increase the risk of osteoporosis. There also exists an additional risk of fracture in people with CD.

However, evidence suggests that a gluten-free diet (GFD) promotes a rapid increase in bone mineral density that leads to complete recovery of bone mineralization in children.

A GFD improves, although rarely normalizes, bone mineral density in adults. Children may attain normal peak bone mass if the diagnosis is made and treatment is given before puberty, thereby preventing osteoporosis in later life.

Also, nutritional supplements consisting of calcium and vitamin D seem to increase the bone mineral density of children and adolescents with CD.

"Our findings reinforce the importance of a strict gluten-free diet, which remains the only scientific proven treatment for celiac disease to date," the authors conclude.

"Early diagnosis and therapy are critical in preventing celiac disease complications, like reduced bone mineral density," they added.

Source: ANI

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And yet, doctors are still missing a huge percentage of celiacs because of their unwillingness to suggest a diagnosis that would require a change of diet. The diet isn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be and totally worth it. But doctors seem to think that it would be the end of the world, so they check for all kinds of things that can be treated with drugs first. Personally I'd much rather change my diet that take any drug, if I have the choice. All drugs have side effects.
Tinamarie Sunday, October 11, 2009

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