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[IPu] Fw: [IPp] Study Links Osteoporosis, Gluten Intolerance

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This is an interesting one ...
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From: "Rachel A" <email @ redacted>
To: "Rachel A" <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 2:20 PM
Subject: [IPp] Study Links Osteoporosis, Gluten Intolerance

Study Links Osteoporosis, Gluten Intolerance Mon Feb 28, 4:33 PM ETCHICAGO
(Reuters) - Some people develop osteoporosis, the mineral lossdiseasethat leads
to brittle bones, because their bodies cannot tolerate wheatflour, astudy said
on Monday.Gluten intolerance, called celiac disease, can be treated, so the
damagedoneby osteoporosis can be reversed in such patients, added the report
publishedinthe current issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine (news - web
sites)."Our results suggest that as many as three to four percent of patients
whohaveosteoporosis have the bone disease as a consequence of having
celiacdisease,which makes them unable to absorb normal amounts of calcium and
vitamin D,"saidWilliam Stenson, a Washington University physician at
Barnes-Jewish HospitalinSt. Louis.He and colleagues recommended blood tests be
used to screen osteoporosispatients for celiac disease.The repor!
  t was based on a look at 840 patients, some of whom hadosteoporosis.It found a
much higher prevalence of celiac disease among those withosteoporosis than in
those without it.Celiac disease triggers an immune reaction to the gluten
portion of wheat,interfering with the intestine's absorption of various foods.
Some patientsdonot know they have the disease because their symptoms are
minor.In the study, patients with celiac disease and osteoporosis who went on
agluten-free diet for one year were able to improve both
gastrointestinalsymptoms and bone density, the report said."Bone density ...
improved dramatically on a gluten-free diet," Stensonsaid."We believe the diet
allowed their intestines to heal, and that allowed themtoabsorb normal amounts
of calcium and vitamin D to reverse bone loss."While there is a genetic
predisposition for celiac disease, many peopledon'tdevelop symptoms until later
in life, Stenson said.
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