The High Impact of Celiac Disease on Women

Celiac, like other autoimmune diseases, affects women more than men. As high as 70 percent of American patients are female. The rate of undiagnosed celiac is also higher among women.

Some With Gluten Sensitivity May Regain Tolerance, Study Suggests

Research from Milan, Italy, suggests not all people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity must strictly avoid gluten forever. A small study of 22 patients found their responses to reintroduction of gluten varied widely. Some became sick again while others tolerated high-gluten diets.

Following Gluten-Free Diet Essential for Bone Recovery

Celiac disease can impact bone development at a crucial stage in childhood. Compliance with a gluten-free diet is the prime contributor to bone recovery, according to a study from Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Seville, Spain.

Family Screening for Relatives of Celiac Patients

Many people at risk for celiac are not being tested according to medical guidelines. Columbia University found 30 percent of people with relevant symptoms, who had a first-degree relative with celiac, were not screened.

Dietary Fiber May be the Real Challenge in Gluten-Free Foods

A low-gluten diet alters the human microbiome. However, this may relate to quality of dietary fiber in the food, not a reduction in gluten itself. New evidence comes from a Danish study in which healthy adults showed significant weight loss and experienced less bloating on a low-gluten diet compared to when they consumed a gluten-rich diet.

Is Sourdough Bread Gluten Free?

In bread-making, sourdough cultures reduce FODMAP content, which are carbs poorly absorbed by the digestive system. Clinical trials indicate thorough sourdough fermentation could potentially make wheat bread safe for people with celiac.

Permanent Immune Scarring Identified in Celiac Disease Patients

New research has identified permanent “immune scarring” in celiac disease which persists despite recovery on a gluten-free diet. It helps explain why patients never recover tolerance for gluten. The evidence encourages early diagnosis of celiac and has implications in the search for a cure.

Poor Follow-Up for Children With Celiac Disease

Children with celiac receive inadequate medical follow-up, according to a study at Boston Children’s Hospital. Within three years, half of patients were lost to follow-up, despite national guidelines that all celiac patients need routine assessment.

Celiac Raises Risk for Teen Eating Disorders

Teens with celiac disease have a higher risk for eating disorders, according to new research from Tel Aviv University, Israel. The risk increases for adolescents who are overweight, female and older.

Low FODMAP Diet Helps Heal Celiac

Research shows a temporary diet low in FODMAPs can help those with persistent celiac symptoms despite adherence to a gluten-free diet. Study participants showed improvements in both digestive complaints and mental health after only three weeks.

Diabetes Risk from Low Gluten

Data from three large studies found that healthy American adults who eat less gluten have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.

PillCam Explores Gut for Clearer Celiac Diagnosis

A small capsule containing a camera can, when ingested by a patient, explore the small intestine for celiac. Combined with computer technology, it can diagnose the disease without an invasive procedure and with greater accuracy.

Gluten-Free Diet Helps Kids With Celiac More Than Adults

Children treated for celiac heal faster than adults. In a study at the University of Chicago, most patients reported improved symptoms after two years on a gluten-free diet. However, gastrointestinal complaints like bloating and diarrhea resolved better than non-digestive problems like fatigue.

New Microbes Observed in Probiotic Test

A clinical study of probiotics in children with celiac has found yet-unknown microbes may participate in the disease. Several other species previously known also make an appearance either for good or ill.

Non-classic celiac more severe

Most children with celiac have non-intestinal symptoms upon diagnosis. These patients show more severe symptoms and damage to the small intestine.

Is a Truly Gluten-Free Diet Possible?

Adhering to a truly gluten-free diet is nearly impossible. However, the level of gluten restriction that can be achieved is effective for many patients.

Celiac Research Needs You

Medical experts say celiac research could move faster if people living with celiac took a more active role. Find out why research is crucial and how you can play a role in the search for a cure.

Building a Case for Celiac Screening

Should at-risk people undergo celiac screening to find out if they have the condition? Get the facts on current research and find out what experts are saying.

Nonresponsive Celiac Disease

A study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition found that nearly one in five children with celiac had persistent damage to the gut despite following a gluten-free diet for at least a year.

Thyroid Disease in Celiac Patients

People with celiac disease have a higher risk for thyroid disease, according to recent research. Learn the signs to watch for and when to see a doctor.

The New Word on Wheat Starch

A new and unlikely ingredient is making its way into a few gluten-free foods. Don’t be surprised to find wheat starch in some products in the United States.

New Insight Into Celiac Disease

Preventive measures for celiac disease might include introducing particular foods while breastfeeding or enlisting the child to help in the garden or raise chickens.

Celiac disease drugs under study

Several drugs to treat celiac disease are currently being studied. Find all the details here, and see how you can volunteer to help researchers looking into new ways to protect patients from gluten cross-contamination.

Prognosis for Better Diagnosis

Although the gluten-free diet and celiac disease have gained widespread attention in mainstream and social media in recent years, the rate of diagnosis has stubbornly remained nearly unchanged, with less than a paltry 20 percent aware they have the disease.