Vitamins A and D may reduce onset of celiac disease

In celiac disease, for those with a genetic predisposition, consuming gluten damages the small, fingerlike projections (villi) that line the intestinal wall, and that are responsible for absorbing nutrients into the body, eventually leading to nutritional deficiencies and often retarding growth. There is no treatment available other than observing a strictly gluten-free diet.

This study followed 102 children, aged 9 to 13, weighing between 36 and 50 pounds, about half of whom had celiac disease.

Doctors measured levels of vitamin A and found 33 percent of kids with celiac disease were deficient compared to none of the healthy children.

For vitamin D, 61.5 percent of the celiac kids were deficient (<20 ng/ml) compared to 4 percent for healthy kids, and nearly all, 92.3 percent, of the celiac kids had insufficient levels (<32 ng/ml) of vitamin D compared to 18 percent of the healthy kids.


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