It’s long been accepted that celiac disease / gluten intolerance is linked with depression. And if you or a loved one have struggled through years of inconclusive doctor visits, of brain fog, of not feeling good and not knowing why — well, then it’s not hard to see the connection.
The latest study on the relationship between celiac disease and depression comes out of Sweden, and focuses on suicide. The relationship unfolds much as you might expect.
According to celiac.com, researchers looked at approximately 29,000 cases of confirmed celiac disease. The rate of successfully completed suicides was slightly higher than the rate within the general population — particularly for those with celiac disease and inflammation of the gut.
The NFCA has a thorough overview of celiac disease and depression, including resources for those who are currently suffering from depression. I also recommend this article from Psychology Today.
The take-away, for doctors and health practitioners as well as for anyone with a gluten-free loved one (or anyone gluten-free), is simply to be aware. There are numerous reasons why a person could become depressed, and celiac disease is merely one of them (but one that merits heeding).
Have you or yours suffered from celiac-linked depression? Did going on a gluten-free diet help?