Osteoporosis in celiac sufferers comes from immune reaction

Bone loss in celiac patients might not be related to deficiencies in vitamin D and calcium.

Because people with celiac disease must completely avoid foods that contain the gluten protein, researchers and health professionals have previously proposed a lack of key nutrients might be to blame for osteoporosis in these individuals.

However, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests otherwise, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Researchers found an immune response — in 20 percent of people with celiac disease — that triggers an attack on a protein responsible for bone health. The immune reaction can cause bone destruction and osteoporosis.

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