A new and extensive study has confirmed that the risk of developing celiac disease is connected to the gluten that children eat…
Whilst it is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, it is observational and therefore does not mean that you have to cut gluten out of your family’s diet.
In total, 6 600 children at increased risk of developing celiac disease were followed from birth until the age of five, in Sweden, Finland, Germany and the USA.
“Our study shows a clear association between the amount of gluten that the children consumed and the risk of developing celiac disease or pre-celiac disease. This confirms our earlier findings from studies on Swedish children,” says Daniel Agardh, associate professor at Lund University and consultant at Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, and leader of the study.
The results show that the risk of developing pre-celiac disease or celiac disease was highest in two- to three-year-olds at increased risk of developing celiac disease.
Two grams of gluten a day
“A daily gluten intake over two grams at the age of two was associated with a 75 per cent increase in the risk of developing celiac disease. This is in comparison with children who ate less than two grams of gluten. However, determining a recommendation or limit is a challenge as gluten intake varies and increases during the first years of life,” says Carin Andrén Aronsson, lead author of the article and dietitian at Lund University.
The association was evident in all participating countries except for Germany, where there was insufficient data to draw any definitive conclusions.
Since the majority of the group at increased risk of celiac disease do not develop the disease, Agardh says that serious consideration should be taken before issuing advice on a particular diet or food restrictions.
Source: Lund University via www.sciencedaily.com
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