Early Introduction of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease in Kids

A new study from King’s College London, UK, finds that introduction of gluten at the age of four month into the infant diet may prevent developing the celiac disease later.Early Introduction of Gluten May Prevent Celiac Disease in Kids

For their study, the researchers used the data from the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study. In this study, infants were given 4 g of wheat protein per week from the age of four weeks. After this, 1004 children were tested for antitransglutaminase antibodies at the age of three years.

The results of the analysis showed that children who were introduced to gluten after six months of age, the prevalence of celiac disease at three years of age was 1.4% of the group of 516 children. At the same time, among the 488 children who introduced gluten from four months of age, there were no cases of the celiac disease reported.

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