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Gluten Intolerance and Infertility

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A recent study put out by Reuter’s Health looks at the tie between infertility and latent-celiac disease, or “non-celiac gluten intolerance.” Dr. Wangen does a great job outlining the study

To summarize…
This study looked at women with latent celiac disease (those who had positive celiac antibodies but no villous atrophy) and found that these women may be at an increased risk of reproductive problems. While the connection between celiac disease and infertility has already been known and demonstrated in previous clinical studies, this study shows something slightly different. In this study, the women who were examined were those who had no signs of villous atrophy. Thus, these women may be individuals who have been able to successfully control their celiac disease by means of a strict gluten-free diet, or they may be women who are suffering from non-celiac gluten intolerance. If they are dealing with non-celiac gluten intolerance, they will not experience signs of villous atrophy, even if they are ingesting gluten. In which case, this study may be demonstrating yet another serious health consequence of an uncontrolled case of non-celiac gluten intolerance.
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