Women with Celiac Disease may suffer from depression and eating disorders

May 17, 2012

Women with a gluten allergy should look to take better care of their health.

Women who have a negative reaction to eating food with gluten in it, known as celiac disease, may experience an increased chance of depression and eating disorders, according to a new study by Penn State, Syracuse and Drexel Universities.

“It is easy to see how people who are not managing their disease well can frequently feel unwell and, therefore, be more stressed and have higher rates of depression,” said Josh Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health and medicine, Penn State, “But researchers had not carefully looked at whether people who are effectively managing celiac disease exhibit a greater risk for such difficulties.”

The disease affects between one-in-105 to one-in-1,750 and the symptoms include abdominal pain, constipation, nausea and vomiting in response to eating gluten.

Celiac.com said a team of Swedish researchers found that there may be a greater mortality rate for people who suffer from the gluten sensitivity. Both women and men who suffer from this allergy should watch what they eat, take care of their health.


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