Research - Celiac and Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

This is the first in a series of Research highlights.  I read these sorts of things and have done so since I graduated with a science degree.  I don't want to lose the ability to make sense of these studies or the scientific language used.  You may as well benefit from my translations.  The full text of these studies may be found in certain medical libraries.  If you are interested in reading more than the Abstract of new studies, you can often get a library card to your local medical library and do more reading there. 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a scientist.  I'm a blogger.  If you have health questions, you should consider all sources of information, including your doctor, and you shouldn't change things unless you have good reasons to do so and have discussed them with a trained medical professional.  In my experience, the best doctors will react with interest when you bring them information like freshly published studies.  But I should warn you that some MD's may react with scorn.  My health outcomes have been much better since my doctor and I have been researching my condition, but your results may not match mine.

Clinicopathological and immunological characteristics and outcome of concomitant coeliac disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in adults: a large prospective longitudinal study.  (pub year; 2018, region: Middle East)

From the Abstract:  Concomitant NAFLD and CD is not uncommon. Recurrent abdominal symptoms, refractory anaemia, nutritional deficiencies in patients with NAFLD warrant screening for CD. The study has important clinical implications since failure in diagnosing CD in patients with NAFLD patients results in marked intestinal and hepatic damage and suboptimal response to GFD that can be alleviated by early diagnosis and initiation of GFD.

English translation:   It's important to screen for Celiac disease in cases as simple as...   recurrent abdominal symptoms, anemia that doesn't respond to treatment, or nutritional deficiencies....    when you already know the patient has Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)...   because failure to identify it leads more severe damage to the intestines and liver.  And, these illnesses often occur together. 

My experiences about this:  

In my case, I felt the problem with my liver long before I could tell that I had a problem with gluten.  And gluten free eating has allowed me to ease up on the Choline, Cysteine, and certain other supplements I was taking for liver health.  I still take them, but it's not instant-pain if I forget for a few days.  I'd like to see this sort of study repeated in different parts of the world because it might not be limited to the population of the Middle East region. 


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