Celiac disease study focuses on unexplained iron deficiency

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A new study from Providence Medical Research Center will investigate celiac disease and unexplained iron deficiency. The researchers plan to open a clinical trial that will be recruiting participants soon. They will be collaborating with the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital in Washington.

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Researchers want to examine if celiac disease is responsible for unexplained iron deficiency in some patients. The clinical trial will begin in March, and they are looking for participants who are at least 18 years old. The study will last for a year as scientists track iron deficiency and celiac disease in the participants.

The focus on celiac disease, iron deficiency and iron malabsorption will be part of an observational study model. Laboratory tests for all of these conditions will be done before the clinical trial begins. In addition, tests to measure vitamin D, folate and vitamin B12 levels are part of the plan. Researchers will also be looking at other disorders, not just celiac disease, that can cause iron problems.

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Their goals are to improve the quality of life for participants by either providing them with an iron supplement and/or switching them to a gluten-free diet if celiac disease is detected. A registered dietician will help participants change their diets over the course of a year. Researchers hope to have at least 200 people take part in the clinical trial. Throughout the study, they will be asking about the quality of life and seeing if the diet and/or supplement are helping patients.

Iron deficiency can be one of the many symptoms of celiac disease. Damage to the intestines makes malabsorption a common problem for patients, so nutrient deficiencies are an issue. Ultimately, researchers hope the study will provide more answers about both conditions and make screening easier for primary care doctors.

Read more about celiac disease:
Doctors ignore proper celiac disease diagnosis and care
Celiac disease tripled in children in last 20 years

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