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July 10th, 2014

Celiac Disease and Brain Fog

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Joseph Murray, M.D., discusses a recently published article in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics about brain fog and celiac disease.


For people with celiac disease, brain fog implies significant cognitive impairment. Brain fog indicates problems with thinking, memory, recall, and computation. Brain fog can lead to significant mental fatigue.

This recent study took place in Australia and closely followed a small group of patients with celiac disease. The researchers tested their mental ability with multiple tests at the time of diagnosis and at 12 and 52 weeks later. They also followed their symptoms with blood tests and biopsies. At 12 weeks, patients showed significant improvement in all of the measures, especially antibody tests and biopsies. Most interestedly, the patients showed a significant improvement in cognitive ability over time. This suggests that not only does celiac disease impair cognitive function but a gluten-free diet improves it.

More information and studies needs to be done on this subject of brain fog and how celiac disease impairs brain function. There's hope for patients with celiac disease that their cognitive function will improve once they are appropriately treated.

Read the full study online here.

For more information on celiac disease, visit mayoclinic.org/celiacdisease.

Dr. Murray is a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, brain fog, celiac disease, cognitive impairment, Joseph Murray, Study Findings



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Posted by @tmspeare, Dec 20, 2017

I have worked for the past 47 years. I was diagnoses with Celiac and Hashimoto’s with a TSH of 70.
I started having work issues. Could not focus, follow instructions or keep up. I was so embarrassed that I quit my job that I’d been at for eleven years and started a new job thinking that I needed something more stimulating. I was fired because I could not meet quotas and keep up. I found two more jobs and lost both jobs being let go because I could not learn the new data bases and could not keep up. This has been devastating to me as I’ve always worked, always carried my own weight.
I should also mention that I have Tuberous Sclerosis ( not diagnoses until I was 45 years old) with 4 brain lesions (a new one at the right temple)
and a kidney lesion on each of my kidneys.
I have Barretts esophagus and two small ulcers along with Osteoporosis and some back problem that I can’t pronounce let alone spell. In short, I need help. There are no doctors in the state where I live that see adult Tuberous Sclerosis patients, let alone anyone with all my issues. Can you help me find someone that might help?

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