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The Connection Between Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis

The Connection Between Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis

What is Celiac Disease?  

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive system. The consumption of gluten triggers celiac disease. Wheat, barley, and rye contain the protein gluten. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. This can lead to malnutrition and other health problems.

Also, there are several risk factors for developing celiac disease. These include a family history of the condition, having certain genetic markers, and having another autoimmune disorder. The only known treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet, which can be challenging to follow.

What is Osteoporosis?  

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and fragile, increasing the risk of fractures. It is more common in older adults but can affect people of any age. It is often asymptomatic until a fracture occurs.

In Canada, celiac disease is estimated to affect 1% of the population. It is more common in people of European ancestry but can affect people of any ethnicity. The prevalence of celiac disease in Canada has remained stable over the past few decades.

Is There a Connection Between Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis?

One of the potential health problems associated with celiac disease is osteoporosis. Studies have shown that people with celiac disease are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis. This is also true if they are not following a strict gluten-free diet. This is due to malnutrition and malabsorption that can occur in people with celiac disease.

Malnutrition and malabsorption can lead to deficiencies in nutrients that are important for bone health. This includes nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Also, chronic inflammation, which is common in people with celiac disease, can also contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

If you have concerns about your risk of osteoporosis, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider.  

Can I Reduce my Risk of Osteoporosis with Celiac Disease?

There are several ways in which people with celiac disease can reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis. One of the most important is to strictly follow a gluten-free diet. This can help to improve nutrient absorption and reduce inflammation.

Also, it is important to get enough calcium and vitamin D. Especially if you have celiac disease. Calcium is important for bone health, and vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and fortified foods such as orange juice and soy milk. You can get vitamin D from exposure to sunlight and from certain foods, such as fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified foods.

Exercise is also important for bone health. Weight-bearing and resistance exercises can help to strengthen the bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

How Can BioStrong Help Me?

Osteogenic loading is a new fitness-based approach to improving bone density. Also, you are in a controlled and safe environment while doing the exercises. Osteogenic loading is a rehabilitative method of exercise. The main goal is to improve bone mineral density, strength, and balance and prevent bone fractures.  

The BioStrong system also uses controlled loading techniques. The techniques create enough force which stimulates bone and muscle growth in a safe and effective way. Osteogenic loading is a proven method for maintaining bone. Current research also shows measurable increases in bone mineral density. BioStrong members have reported improvements in bone density, balance, strength and reduced joint pain. Book your free session today!

By BioStrong | Jan 18, 2023 |

 

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