Celiac disease connected to bone fractures

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Celiac Disease

A new study has found a connection between celiac disease and bone fractures. People who have the disorder are two times more likely to suffer a broken bone, and researchers believe they may understand why the numbers are higher. Malabsorption is a serious issue that is prevalent with this condition and appears to play a role in bone fractures

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Researchers from the University of Tampere, Seinäjoki Central Hospital and University of Nottingham discovered that people with celiac disease are more likely to have bone fractures. The study focused on comparing people who have the disorder to people who do not have the condition, and the results were not surprising. Previous studies have also found that osteoporosis, bone fractures and osteopenia are more common among patients who have celiac disease.

Doctors believe malabsorption plays an important part because people with celiac disease often have digestive problems that prevent important nutrients from being absorbed. This can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and vitamin D deficiencies are a widespread problem. Some experts have also suggested that hormones may play a role in bone fracture frequency, and they believe celiac disease may be affecting hormone levels.

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There is hope for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities in the battle against osteoporosis, bone fractures and osteopenia. Dr. Peter H.R. Green from Columbia University states that a gluten-free diet can help heal the body and improve bone density. The diet may need to be a part of a larger treatment plan that begins with a bone density scan. Then, exercise, medication and supplements may need to be adjusted or added. Some people recommend taking calcium, vitamin K and vitamin D supplements, but it is important to discuss any changes with a doctor.

Read more about celiac disease:
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Celiac disease apps help create gluten-free meal plans

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Comments

Excellent report. Its great to see high quality data and good rationale research being disseminated do the public, i.e. celiac disease leads to poor absorption, which leads to just about anything vitamin deficiency related. I highly recommend the book Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist w/ over 2 decades of experience having discovered that many neurodegenerative disorders, shockingly enough, have a gluten sensitivity component.