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Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals

Posted 7 days ago by

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – America's love affair with gluten-free foods may come at a cost: greater intake of the toxic metals arsenic and mercury, a new study contends. "These results indicate that there could be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet," said study author Maria Argos of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Gluten-free products often contain rice flour as a substitute for wheat, rye and barley. And rice is known to accumulate arsenic and mercury from fertilizers, soil and water, said Argos, an assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. For the study, the researchers analyzed U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from thousands of Americans, aged 6 to 80. The investigators identified 73 people who said they ate a gluten-free diet. Compared to other survey participants, those who ate gluten-free diets had ... Read more

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Study Ties Inflammation, Gut Bacteria to Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – People with type 1 diabetes show changes in their digestive system that aren't seen in people who don't have the autoimmune disease, a new Italian study finds. Those changes include different gut bacteria and inflammation in the small intestine. The differences may play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes, the researchers said. "For years, we have looked for the cause of type 1 diabetes in the pancreas. Perhaps, we looked in the wrong place and there is the possibility that the intestines play a key role in the development of the disease," said study senior author Dr. Piemonti Lorenzo. He is deputy director of the San Raffaele Diabetes Research Institute in Milan. However, Lorenzo said it isn't possible to "draw definitive conclusions" about whether these intestinal changes can cause the autoimmune attack that leads to type 1 diabetes. In type 1 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Celiac Disease

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by

-- Avoiding gluten is the most important factor in managing celiac disease, but more may be required. Here are suggestions from the Mayo Clinic: Check food labels carefully and to avoid all foods and care products that contain gluten. Some types of lipstick and toothpaste include gluten. Since you're avoiding certain foods, ask your doctor if you may need nutritional supplements. See your doctor regularly for checkups and tests, including a possible endoscopy if you have current symptoms. Work with a registered dietitian to make sure you're getting the right nutrients. Read more

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Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Introducing babies to eggs or peanuts early on may help reduce their risk of food allergies, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed 146 previous studies that examined when babies were given foods that often trigger reactions, as well as their risk of food allergies or autoimmune diseases. They discovered that the timing of food introduction may affect allergy risk, but they found no similar link for autoimmune disease. The researchers reported with "moderate certainty" that babies who were given eggs when they were 4 months to 6 months old had a lower egg allergy risk. And children given peanuts between 4 months and 11 months of age had a lower peanut allergy risk than those who were older. The study, published Sept. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said early introduction could head off 24 cases of egg allergy per 1,000 people and 18 ... Read more

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Number of Americans on Gluten-Free Diet Tripled in 5 Years

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – Gluten-free diets seem to be the latest fad, yet the number of people being diagnosed with celiac disease hasn't budged, new research shows. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, in which foods containing gluten trigger the immune system to attack and damage the small intestine, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. Gluten is a protein found naturally in grains like wheat, barley and rye. People with celiac disease have no choice but to avoid gluten in their diet. If they don't, their small intestine is damaged every time they eat something with gluten. Gluten-free diets also appear to have become a trendy way to address any sort of gastrointestinal problem, said lead author Dr. Hyun-seok Kim, an internal medicine resident at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J. "People may have a gluten sensitivity or non-specific gastrointestinal ... Read more

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Celiac Disease Risk May Be Tied to Time, Place of Birth

Posted 16 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Where and when children are born may affect their risk for celiac disease, according to a new study. People with celiac disease are highly sensitive to gluten, making it hard for them to digest food. Gluten is found in many grains and starches, including wheat, rye and barley, as well as many processed foods. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 2 million children born in Sweden between 1991 and 2009. Of those, nearly 6,600 were diagnosed with celiac disease before age 15. Overall, children born in spring (March-May), summer (June-August) and fall (September-November) were about 10 percent more likely to be diagnosed with celiac disease than those born in winter (December-February), the findings showed. But seasonal-related risk varied by region, the investigators found. Children born in the south of Sweden – where sunlight in spring and summer ... Read more

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Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016, – Gluten sensitivity appears to be a real medical problem, and not a figment of the popular imagination conjured up by the gluten-free craze, a new study contends. Some people suffer changes within their bodies after eating gluten that are separate and distinct from those that accompany either celiac disease or wheat allergy, researchers report. "We don't know what is triggering this response, but this study is the first to show that there are clear biological changes in these individuals," said senior researcher Armin Alaedini. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York City. "Based on our findings, we hope there would be greater recognition of this condition. This is a real condition. There are individuals who may not have celiac disease or wheat allergy, but still have a sensitivity to wheat," Alaedini said. People with ... Read more

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Researchers Uncover Surprises About Celiac Disease

Posted 31 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 – New research has revealed some surprising findings about who develops celiac disease in the United States. The study found that it's most common among people whose ancestors came from India's Punjab region. Previously, experts thought celiac mostly affected white people with European ancestry. Celiac also seems to affect men and women equally, regardless of ethnicity, the researchers said. "It is now recognized as one of the most common hereditary disorders worldwide," said the study author, Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Lebwohl is an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. Celiac is an immune-based disorder that causes damage to the small intestine if genetically susceptible people eat foods containing ... Read more

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Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe: Review

Posted 17 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Genetically modified crops pose no apparent risk to human health, an extensive study released Tuesday by a U.S. science advisory board has concluded. Crops created through genetic engineering are as safe to eat as crops developed through traditional plant-breeding methods, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel. The panel could find no link between consumption of genetically modified crops and rates of cancer, kidney disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, celiac disease, food allergies or autism, the report stated. "We compared the patterns in the U.S. and Canada to the patterns in the U.K. [United Kingdom] and the E.U. [European Union], because in those countries people are not eating genetically engineered foods," said panel chairman Fred Gould, a professor of agriculture at North Carolina State ... Read more

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Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

Posted 10 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children – aged 2 and 5 – developed iodine deficiency because their diets lacked salt, dairy products, bread and other sources of the mineral. Iodine deficiency is common in developing countries, but was virtually eliminated in the United States after iodized salt was introduced almost a century ago. However, it can still happen if a child's diet is strictly limited, said study author Dr. Brigid Gregg. She is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "Parents should be aware that if they're really restricting the foods their children eat, iodine deficiency is a possibility," Gregg said. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which ... Read more

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More Gluten Before Age 2 Linked to Celiac Disease in At-Risk Kids

Posted 17 Nov 2015 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 – Children who eat more foods with gluten before they're 2 years old have a greater risk of developing celiac disease if they carry a genetic risk factor for the condition, new research suggests. "This finding offers insight into why some, but not all, children at genetic risk develop celiac disease," lead study author Carin Andren Aronsson, from the department of clinical sciences at Lund University in Sweden, said in a prepared statement. "Our study provides convincing evidence that the amount of gluten ingested at an early age plays a role in disease course," Aronsson added. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between eating more gluten early in life and celiac disease, it wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The findings were published online in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. ... Read more

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Celiac Disease Doesn't Seem to Boost Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Having celiac disease does not appear to increase your risk of dementia, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 8,800 people older than 50. After a median period of about eight years, 4.3 percent of celiac patients and 4.4 percent of those without the digestive disease were diagnosed with dementia. "Celiac disease did not increase the risk of Alzheimer's in this population-based study," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "We did not find evidence of increased dementia risk prior to the diagnosis of celiac disease, either," he said in a hospital news release. Researchers did find a slight increase, however, in celiac patients' risk of developing vascular dementia. The second-leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, vascular ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Good Gluten-Free Choices

Posted 7 Oct 2015 by

-- For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for those who don't have the disease, gluten-free isn't necessarily better. The Cleveland Clinic explains: A gluten-free diet isn't a proven way to lose weight. You're better advised to eat a diet rich in fresh, whole foods and avoid processed fare. Some gluten-free foods are more nutritious than others. For example, an apple – which is naturally gluten free – is better for you than gluten-free cookies. Gluten-free products may still be high in fat, calories and sugar. Always read food labels. Read more

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Study Links Early Infections to Celiac Risk

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Children who have a lot of infections in the first 18 months of life may have an increased risk for celiac disease, a new study from Norway suggests. The study found that children with 10 or more respiratory and gastrointestinal infections during the first 18 months of life were 30 percent more likely to develop celiac disease than kids who had fewer than five infections. The researchers also found that youngsters with repeated respiratory infections were at greater risk than those with repeated gastrointestinal infections. "We think there are many pieces to the puzzle that must fit together for someone to develop celiac disease, where heredity, gluten intake and possibly many other environmental factors are important," study first author Dr. Karl Marild, from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, said in an institute news release. "Perhaps having ... Read more

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Celiac Disease in Family May Up Your Risk for Related Disorders

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – Close relatives and even the spouses of people with celiac disease appear to face a raised risk for other types of autoimmune disorders, a new analysis suggests. Autoimmune disorders arise when the immune system launches an attack on the body's own tissue. "The prevalence of celiac disease in first-degree relatives of individuals with celiac is approximately 10 percent," said study author Dr. Louise Emilsson, of Oslo University in Norway. "Despite these findings, little is known about the risk of non-celiac autoimmune disease in these individuals," she said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. "We found convincing results that close relatives are also at risk for these conditions, but more surprisingly, we found that spouses may also be at risk." Celiac disease is a digestive disorder. It interferes with absorption of nutrients ... Read more

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