Monthly Archives: July 2011

Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis, More Closely Linked Than We Thought

Skeletor

Skeletor says, watch your bones!

A lot of times, when I write about various disease related to celiac disease, I write about how bad things can get if you have untreated celiac disease. Gluten-free diet, voila, problems gone!

OK, so it’s not ever necessarily that easy. But one of the strongest motivators for some people to begin or stick with a gluten-free diet (especially if they are fairly asymptomatic) is the belief that by listening to their body and avoiding gluten, they can help protect their health as they age. By and large, this belief is correct.

However, a new study out of the UK on osteoporosis and celiac disease merits close attention. Researchers were not, as far as I can tell, looking for undiagnosed celiac disease in the sample, but rather testing actively aware celiacs to see if they had osteoporosis. And they found them, lots of them.
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Happy 4th of July! And some (gluten-free) jokes.

Happy 4th everyone!

I hope you’re all out barbequing and enjoying the holiday, so I won’t put too much up here to distract you from your important, festive duties.

Just some jokes, because a) I found them and b) who doesn’t love jokes?

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Red, White and Blueberry: Gluten-Free Blueberry Recipes

Blueberries! I got so carried away by all the talk of strawberries on Wednesday that I felt sad for blueberries. They’re delicious too, and totally appropriate for the Fourth of July, and their season is just starting.

So if you’re strawberry-allergic, or if you just don’t like them, or if you have the Red taken care of in your Red White and Blue theme…blueberries are worth a second look.

Self.com reports that blueberries are high in vitamins C and K, and also in fiber and manganese (which helps with enzyme production, bone health, and a host of other things). They’re also as American as apple pie, and deserve inclusion on any festive menu.

So, if I were hosting a blueberry-themed day, here’s what I’d eat. Fair warning: I don’t recommend eating all these dishes in one weekend. That’s a LOT of fiber, folks.
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