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10 Chronic Diseases Found with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

HLA+Gliadin 1S9VAs I explained in my last post, Celiac disease (CD) is much more prevalent than many doctors and patients realize. I also revealed the research that shows most people with CD have silent CD. Silent CD means the person afflicted doesn't have any GI symptoms, but instead has other life-robbing disease symptoms.

The relationship between other diseases and gluten intolerance and CD is not just a recent phenomenon. Check out the dates on the research papers this information is dervived from and you can see that much of what I divulge in this article is not recent news.

Fortunately you can obtain new improved testing to find out if your chronic health challenge has gluten intolerance as a contributing factor. I LOVE helping people "Reclaim Their Life" with a proprietary drug-free, natural approach to core level healing.

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Researchers reveal at least 10 chronic diseases associated with CD and gluten intolerance

"Besides intestinal symptomatology, CD is often accompanied by extraintestinal complications including osteopenia or osteoporosis and osteomalacia." [1]

Many neurological diseases and disorders are associated with gluten associated autoimmune processes related to an enzyme our body makes called transglutaminase:

"In this review, we discuss the molecular mechanisms of the tranglutaminases involved in the pathological processes responsible for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkninson's disease, supranuclear palsy, Huntington's disease, and recently indentified polyglutamine diseases." [2]

Even psychological illness has been found to be associated with Celiac disease.

"Psychiatric illness has been observed to be a main cause of disability in undiagnosed adult CD" Furthermore, "Our results suggest that depressive psychopathology is a feature of adult Celic disease." [3]

Furthermore, ADHD-Like symptoms can be caused by gluten intolerance"

"The results of this study suggest that CD should be included in the list of diseases associated with ADHD-like symptomatology." [4]

One of the diseases my mother suffered from for many years was rheumatoid arthritis. I witnessed first hand the destruction and disfiguring of her joints. She would writhe in pain with the slightest accidental bump of her hand on an object. Researchers have found:

"Increased levels of antigliadin antibodies were found in 37% of all rheumatoid arthritis patients" [5]

Recall that gliadin is part of gluten. Gluten is protein that is made from the protein glutenin and gliadin. In my last articleTen Things You Didn't Know About Gluten and Autoimmune Illness, I posted a picture of of all the breakdown products of wheat, including all the various gliadins.

"Migraine may be also a symptom of mild CD". [6]

I have found the many of the patients who came to my office for help with their migraines or other debilitating headaches have gluten intolerance as one of the triggers that made them susceptible to their headaches. Other researchers have stated:

"Our results suggest that a significant proportion of patients with migraines may have CD, and that a gluten-free diet may lead to an improvement in the migraines of these patients." [7]

Michigan From Outer SpaceMichigan has the 10th highest adult obesity rate and the 41st highest childhood obesity rate among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to a national study.  As a result the state of Michigan is promoting a program called the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (NPAO) Program. "The goal of this program is to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity. This goal will be achieved through strategic public health efforts aimed at increasing the number of policies and standards in place to support physical activity and healthful eating, increasing access to and use of environments to support healthful eating and physical activity, and increasing the number of social and behavioral approaches that complement policy and environmental strategies to promote healthful eating and physical activity. 

The long-term success of the program will rest on its ability to leverage resources and coordinate interventions with multiple partners to address the program's six 
principle targets:

     ·        Increase physical activity
     ·         Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables  
     ·         Decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
     ·         Increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity 
     ·         Reduce the consumption of high-energy-dense foods  
     ·        
Decrease television viewing"

Although the proposed initiatives are important to help curb Michigan's obesity rate, there is a very importnt missing factor. Missing from this list is an association between pediatric CD and obesity:

"Obesity is more common in children with CD than previously recognized. In the appropriate clinical setting, CD must be considered even in obese children." [8]

 Of course, one the MOST common disorders patients complain to their doctor about is fatigue.

"In CD, fatigue is a common finding, which ameliorates with the gluten-free diet and is strictly correlated to depression." [9]

Women seem to visit doctors offices more often than men. My belief is that the increased presence of women is due to two reasons:

  • women are more in tune with their bodies
  • a womans physiology is more complicated than a mans

"CD may have implications on menstrual and reproductive health. The symptom complex includes delayed menarche, early menopause, secondary amenorrhea, infertility, recurrent miscarriages, and intrauterine growth restriction." [10]

Lastly, one of the most dreaded of all diseases; cancer, is associated with celiac disease and hence gluten intolerance:

"CD causes a certain increased risk of cancer and early death. It is not an innocent condition. This strengthens the arguments for coeliac patients to adhere to a gluten-free diet." [11]

As you can see many, many chronic conditions are related to Celiac disease and thus gluten intolerance. Remember, gluten intolerance is what causes Celiac disease.

If you are suffering from a chronic condition, and would like some help and guidance with a renewed chance at living the life you once took for granted, give me a call at 586-731-8840. "Going it alone" for help with your chronic condition is not a great idea. Adopting a gluten-free diet, the way most people go about it, will not be enough to calm the autoimmue process. For the reasons why, check out a previous article I wrote on that topic.

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1. Celiac Disease And Its Relation To Bone Metabolism. Cas Lek Cesk. 2009;148(6):246-248.
2. Transglutaminase-catalyzed post-translational modifications of proteins in the nervous system and their possible involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2008 Oct;7(4):370-375
3. Psychic disturbances In Adult Celiac Disease. II. Psychological Findings. Scand J Gartroenterol. 1982 Jan;17(1):21-24
4. A Preliminary investigation of ADHD Symptoms In Persons With Celiac Disease. J Atten Disord. 2006 Nov;10(2):200-204
5. Gliadin Immune Reactivity In Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 1995 Sep-Oct;13(5):603-607
6. Migraine, Celic Disease, And Cerebral Calcifications: A New Case.  Headache. 2005 Oct;45(9):1263-1267
7. Association Between Migraine And Celiac Disease: Results From A Preliminary Case-Control and Therapeutic Study. Am J Gastroenterol. 2003 Mar;98(3):625-629
8. Obesity In Pediatric Celiac Disease. J Peditr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Sep;51(3):295-297
9. Fatigue In Adult Coeliac Disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2005 Sep 1;22(5):489-494
10. Celiac Disease And Its Effect On Human Reproduction: A Review. J Reprod Med. 2010 Jan-Feb;55(1-2):3-8
11. Cancer Risk In Coeliac Disease. tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2008 Oct 23;128(20):2312-2315

Topics: gluten, ADHD, celiac disease, fatigue, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease, migraine, cancer, Obesity

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