Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Osteoporosis Linked to Celiac Disease

New research points to a higher prevalence of celiac disease among people with osteoporosis. Celiac disease is a disorder of the immune system that damages the small intestine when foods containing gluten are eaten. Researchers claim that the disorder may interfere with calcium absorption, which in turn leads to osteoporosis. The good news is that individuals who were screened for celiac disease and put on a gluten-free diet showed improved bone mineral density. So if you suffer from osteoporosis, consider undergoing a simple test to determine whether or not you have celiac disease.


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