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October 19, 2015

Is There a Link Between Celiac Disease and Heart Disease?

By Kanaaz Pereira

Celiac disease has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but the evidence base is limited.  Dr. Rekha Mankad, M.D., discusses the potential link, based on two recent studies, published in Digestive and Liver Disease, and Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.

People with celiac disease have chronic inflammation in their gut because they can’t tolerate gluten; and since inflammation has been linked to heart disease, it is biologically plausible that celiac disease could be associated with the risk of heart disease, specifically atherosclerosis. However, further studies are needed to confirm this association, and to examine how the severity of celiac disease may play a role.

Read the full study (1)online here

Read the full study (2)online here

For more information about celiac disease, visit mayoclinic.org/celiac disease.

Dr. Rekha Mankad  is a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic.


Tags: atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, celiac disease, Digestive and Liver Disease, Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases., Rekha Mankad, Study Findings



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Posted by @rowan6489, Jan 20, 2017

My dad has celiac and is about to have triple bypass surgery. Has been in relatively good health his whole life. 6 years ago he had a cardiogram done, which evaluated his heart to be working at 60%, with 40% blockage. Now in 2017, he heart is working at 20%. While he keeps in good health, he has not followed his dietary restrictions well, and would constantly eat gluten. So I believe there is a clear link between the two diseases. I look forward to seeing more meta analyses in the future.

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