The symptoms of celiac disease differ from person to person, which is one of the reasons it can be so difficult to diagnose in the first place. Some celiacs suffer from terrible gastrointestinal symptoms, others psychological symptoms and some, no symptoms at all. Now, what if your nationality were a factor in the type of symptoms you suffer? Recent research suggests it’s possible.
Researchers in Iran compared the symptoms of celiacs in Iran, Romania and Italy and found variations between the three. This study worked with 323 women and 127 men, all confirmed celiac by endoscopy, small bowel biopsy and positive serology. The study was published in the Archives of Iranian Medicine this month.
The study suggested that upper abdominal symptoms were most common with the European patients whilst Iranian patients complained about more classic celiac symptoms like diarrhea and bloating. For non-GI symptoms, anemic was the most frequent complaint for both Iranian and Italian patients but it was significantly higher in Iranians.
Could our nationality really be a factor in which, if any, celiac symptoms we suffer from? Is this the result of genetics or simply that different nationalities tend to follow different diets? What an interesting study; I look forward to further and wider-spread research on this topic.
Post authored by The Gluten Free Traveller