Gluten-free diets don’t help people without celiac disease, study finds

CBC Marketplace Gluten-Free

CBC Marketplace is running an interesting segment on how gluten-free diets don’t help non-celiacs.

CBC Marketplace Gluten-Free

Here’s an excerpt from the article.

Gluten-free diets shouldn’t be promoted to prevent heart disease among people without celiac disease, gastroenterologists say after a large U.S. study.

The food industry has stimulated popularity in gluten-free diets. Recognising this public interest, researchers at Harvard Medical School said they wanted to see whether avoiding gluten actually has health benefits for those without the disease.

To that end, Dr. Andrew Chan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, and his team used diet and health outcome data collected from 110,000 health professionals over 26 years to link estimates of gluten in the diet to diagnoses of coronary heart disease.

Read the full article on CBC.ca

Celiacs needed for UBC study

ubc celiac study

ubc celiac studyWe are researchers from the School of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia and are currently looking for people (ages 18-65) who have been diagnosed with celiac disease (at least 6 months ago) to participate in a study about experiences with a gluten-free diet. Note – you do not have to follow a gluten-free diet to participate in this study.

We would like to invite you to participate in this study if you meet the eligibility criteria and agree to participate. Participation in this study will involve completing an online questionnaire at four time points (Time 1 [baseline], Time 2 [1 month after baseline], Time 3 [6 months after baseline] and Time 4 [1 year after baseline]). It will take participants less than 30 minutes to complete the questionnaires at each time point (120 minutes total).

To compensate you for your time, you will be given $5 for each completed food record at Times 1, 2, 3 and 4 (up to $20 total).

For further information about this study please contact Justine Wilson at [email protected].

Thank you for your time.

A. Justine Wilson, PhD Student

School of Kinesiology
Psychology of Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Lab
122 – 6081 University Blvd.
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1, Canada

Survey: More see gluten-free foods as healthier choice

Courtesy Vitacost.com

vitacost.com logoIf it seems like “gluten free” is the new dieting catchphrase, you’re not imagining it. The vast majority of consumers responding to a new survey by Vitacost.com, Inc., a online retailer of health and wellness products, said they choose to eat gluten-free foods. Close to half of the 1,484 individuals who responded said they follow an exclusively gluten-free diet, while 38% choose “some” gluten-free products. Those who don’t eat gluten-free foods say the products are too expensive.

The nationwide survey asked individuals about their efforts to follow a gluten-free diet and delved into reasons why consumers avoid gluten. Forty percent said they choose gluten-free foods because they tend to have an upset stomach after eating foods containing this protein, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. Meanwhile, 31% choose gluten-free foods because they see them as the “healthier” option. Only 13% of those taking the survey said they had celiac disease, a condition diagnosed with a blood test.

“We have seen increased interest in our gluten-free products and conducted this survey to better understand consumer needs and concerns around this specialty diet,” stated David Zucker, Ph.D., Chief Marketing Officer.

New Treatment for Celiac Disease?

WebMD is reporting some interesting news about a forthcoming mice based research study.

The news? Blocking an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) may treat symptoms of celiac disease and prevent the development of celiac disease in certain at-risk people.

The study finds that IL-15 may be a major player in driving the inflammatory response in celiac disease. Therefore if you block it, you can tolerate gluten.

Even better, medications that block IL-15 are already being developed for other inflammatory diseases.

As usual, more research needs to be done.

Read the full article in WebMD.