Can celiac disease be due to pollutants caused by?

For the first time, researchers report that a gluten intolerance, including celiac disease, is not only hereditary, but may also be due to environmental toxins can be triggered: Elevated levels of toxic chemicals in the blood of young people, according to their study, in the journal "Environmental Research" with an increased risk of celiac disease associated.

In children and young adults with a high level of chemicals in the blood, such as pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, and materials made of non-stick cookware, has been twice diagnosed as likely to have a celiac disease, such as in the case of persons with lower values. Also gender were observed specific differences: girls and young women with above-average pesticide mirrors ill about eight times more likely to have the intolerance to gluten. At elevated blood concentrations of substances in non-stick cookware (such as Teflon-coated pans) was five diagnosed up to nine times more frequently in celiac disease. Young men are affected more than twice as often when in your blood increased levels have been found of flame retardants.

Pollutants as Auslöser für autoimmune diseases?

The pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Jeremiah Levine reported: "Our study provides the first measurable link between toxic chemicals from the environment, and celiac disease. The results also raise the question of whether there are possible links between environmental toxins and other autoimmune diseases of the intestine." To clarify this, further studies will be necessary.

People with celiac disease are intolerant to Gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. You must eat strictly gluten-free, because otherwise there will be severe intestinal reactions, fatigue, and anemia. It was previously assumed that the disorder is largely hereditary.


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