Are you suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies? If you’re newly diagnosed with celiac disease or seem to be experiencing continued symptoms, your small intestine may still be suffering damage.
A compromised gut causes a lot of health problems and one of the major problems it causes is an inability or reduced ability to absorb much-needed nutrients.
9 COMMON VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES FOR CELIACS
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
HOW COMMON OR SEVERE ARE VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES?
In a study done by VU University Medical Centre (Amsterdam), “almost 90% of celiac disease patients were found to be deficient in at least one or more of the assessed nutritional parameters, and half of patients were deficient for two or more nutritional serum variables.”
In fact, 17% of the untreated celiacs in this study were categorized as malnourished. So it’s important to be aware of your potential for nutritional deficiency as well as what deficiencies are most common.
This study tested for 7 nutrients and showed the following results. Be mindful that sun exposure can strongly influence vitamin D levels, and this study was conducted in the Netherlands.
- Zinc – 67% of participants were deficient
- Ferritin – 46% were deficient (a protein that stores Iron)
- Vitamin B12 – 19% were deficient
- Vitamin B6 – 14% were deficient
- Vitamin A – 8% were deficient
- Vitamin D – 5% were deficient
In addition, 25% of participants had iron-deficiency anemia.
CALCIUM AND BONE DENSITY
It’s not uncommon for adults and children with celiac disease to have low bone density (osteopenia) and even osteoporosis.
Bones are the frame of your body, so something like a broken hip or a cracked vertebrae can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life. If you have any concerns at all, be proactive and talk with your doctor.
If you’re celiac and have recently broken a bone and/or are over age 50, it’s a good idea for you to ask your doctor for a bone density test.
Celiacs also tend to have vitamin D and magnesium deficiencies, which are needed to absorb calcium, exacerbating the situation. So if you need more calcium, you may need more magnesium and vitamin D.
How do you know if you have a health issue stemming from a lack of proper nutrition? Ask your doctor to test your vitamin and mineral levels!
Many celiacs are months or years into their gluten free lifestyle and still struggle with significant health issues. If you fall into this category, work with your doctor to see if you’re deficient in critical nutrients.
Some minor dietary changes may be able to make a world of difference in how you feel!
You can find the study referenced above here.
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