Researchers: Celiac Disease Linked to Asthma

March 2, 2011

Researchers: Celiac Disease Linked to Asthma


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New study finds individuals with celiac are 60% more likely to develop asthma.

Individuals diagnosed with celiac disease are 60% more likely to develop asthma, according to researchers in Europe.

Led by renowned epidemiologist Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson of Orebro University Hospital and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, the research team compared more than 28,000 individuals diagnosed with celiac disease to more than 140,000 individuals who did not have celiac, as reported by Reuters Health. According to the results, individuals with celiac disease were at higher risk of developing asthma.

“Indeed, for every 100,000 people with celiac disease, 147 will have asthma that would not have occurred in the absence of the digestive disorder,” the report noted.

The link goes both ways. Individuals diagnosed with asthma were also more likely to develop celiac disease, according to the researchers.

Dr. Ludvigsson emphasized that the study results showed an association, not a causal link between the two. Related factors like Vitamin D deficiency or a shared “immunological feature” could be the underlying reason for the link, he told Reuters Health.

Read more about this study on Reuters Health.


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