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Celiac Disease is Associated with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Posted Nov 02 2009 12:00am


I am sick with the flu, so I will not be cooking for a few days! In the meantime, if I have any moments of sound mind (I get really loopy when I have a fever), I thought I would post links to interesting CD and DH research that I find online. :-)

Celiac Disease Is Associated with Restless Legs Syndrome.

Weinstock LB , Walters AS , Mullin GE , Duntley SP .

Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 11525 Olde Cabin Road, St. Louis, MO, 63141, USA, lw@gidoctor.net.

PURPOSE: Celiac disease may be associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS) because of an association with iron deficiency. Often, RLS negatively affects quality of life but may remain undiagnosed. This study evaluated the association between celiac disease and RLS. RESULTS: The incidence of RLS among 85 patients with celiac disease was 35%, with a prevalence of 25% compared with 10% of spouses (P < 0.02). In 79% of patients with RLS and celiac disease, neuromuscular symptoms began during or after onset of gastrointestinal symptoms. Iron deficiency was present in 40% of celiac patients with active RLS compared with 6% of patients without RLS (P < 0.001). After 6 months of a gluten-free diet, RLS symptoms improved in 50% of 28 patients. CONCLUSION: Screening for celiac disease in patients with RLS is important since this commonly overlooked silent disease may be a correctable factor for some patients with idiopathic RLS.

PMID: 19731029 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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