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Early Diagnosis, Plus Gluten-Free Diet, Can Help Children With Celiac Disease

September 24, 2009: 05:07 AM EST
Researchers in Brazil who examined scientific studies found evidence that a gluten-free diet (GFD) promotes rapid increase in bone mineral density and complete recovery of bone mineralization in children with celiac disease, an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by life-long intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. However, though a gluten-free diet does improve bone mineral density in adults, it only rarely normalizes it, according to the study published in Nutrition Reviews. The scientists suggest that children may attain normal peak bone mass, and prevent adult osteoporosis, with pre-pubescent diagnosis and treatment.
Vanessa D Capriles, Ligia A Martini, et al. , "Metabolic osteopathy in celiac disease: importance of a gluten-free diet", Nutrition Reviews, September 24, 2009, © 2009 International Life Sciences Institute
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