According to a recent study published in the journal Environmental Research, there is a possible link between exposure to persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, and celiac disease in youth.
For the study, researchers recruited 88 young people who visited New York University Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital with gastrointestinal issues. All participants were under 21 years old. They all completed celiac disease tests and were eating a diet with gluten. Thirty of them were diagnosed with celiac disease while 58 were not.
Senior investigator Prof. Jeremiah Levine, a pediatric gastroenterologist comments: “Our study establishes the first measurable tie-in between environmental exposure to toxic chemicals and celiac disease. These results also raise the question of whether there are potential links between these chemicals and other autoimmune bowel diseases, which all warrant close monitoring and further study.”
Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley which can be really hard to digest for some category of people. There is a group of people having gluten intolerance, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Here are 9 symptoms showing that you might have this condition:
When you eat something containing gluten you feel sick or cramping.
According to a Swedish study, people who were born in winter or in places where days are shorter and have less sunlight may have a lower risk of celiac disease compared to people born in warmer regions or seasons.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. People with this condition cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley.
Scientists still don’t know the exact causes of the disease, but some previous studies pointed out the potential for the season of birth of a baby to be among many environmental factors able to affect the risk according to the lead author of the research Fredinah Namatovu, a public health researcher at the Umea University in Sweden.
Namatovu says: “Seasons of birth and area of birth appears to play a role. Season and region of birth could be a proxy for other factors such as vitamin D and viral infections.”
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