Brittle Bones: Study finds kids with celiac have low bone mineral levels
Posted Feb 02 2009 10:50pm
My mom and I both have celiac disease. And like many of you reading
this blog post, we've both experienced a number of celiac-related
complications. The most debilitating for my mom has been her struggle with osteoporosis.
mom eats calcium constantly. She is always drinking milk, eating yogurt
and cheese and doing everything she can to up her calcium levels,
including taking Boniva. But 45 years of having undiagnosed celiac
disease has left her with bones like a 90 year old...and believe
me...she is nowhere near 90 years old. Lets just say she's at least 30
years away from that and even with her brittle bones, she is still
energetic, gorgeous and the coolest mom ever!!
time my mom goes to her doctor, she leaves saying how much she wishes
she had found out about celiac earlier in life so she could prevent the
ever aching bones and fear of what will happen to her body as she ages.
as we learn more about celiac disease, doctors will be able to diagnose
children earlier and conduct routine screening for bone density
problems to prevent kids from growing up with brittle bones. And, the
good news today is that thanks to new research, we may have evidence to
suggest why doctors should in fact be screening their patients for low
bone mineral content.
A new study published in the Journal of
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition finds that children diagnosed
with celiac disease should be screened for low bone mineral content,
largely because these kids are at risk of developing early osteopenia.
from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia evaluated 44 children with
celiac disease and 338 healthy kids. The compared the results of bone
mineral tests and found that kids with celiac disease had significantly
lower levels of bone mineral content than their healthy counterparts.
what's the moral of the story? The researchers suggest that newly
diagnosed children with celiac disease could benefit from screening for
low bone mineral content, especially if they have a low body mass
index. Parents...if your kids have celiac, get them screened!