Osteoporosis is a common symptom of celiac disease

Research shows as many as a quarter of all people with celiac disease (CD) may also suffer from osteoporosis, a condition causing a loss of bone mass and density that often leads to fractures. Many more suffer from a milder bone loss called osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis. The high prevalence of both these conditions among celiac patients may not be surprising considering both are closely linked with deficits in key nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and  potassium, all of which are absorbed through the small intestine. In celiac disease, damage to the small intestine makes it much more difficult for the body to absorb these nutrients.

Interestingly, there’s also a second mechanism at play in people who don’t get enough bone-building nutrients: Because calcium and vitamin D play critical roles in many physiological functions, when the body does not get enough of these nutrients to perform those functions, it “borrows” calcium from the bones, leaving bones in an even weaker state. In people who have chronic nutritional deficiencies such as those that occur in CD, this borrowing mechanism increases the risk and bone loss, and the incidence of fractures.

In the U.S., about 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from osteoporosis, 18 million are at risk for developing the disease, and another 34 million are at risk for developing osteopenia, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Every year osteoporosis causes about 9 million fractures throughout the world.

The National institutes of Health (NIH) considers the link between osteoporosis and celiac disease serious enough to warrant publication of patient guidelines on the management of the diseases. Chief among its recommendations: Take supplements to help ensure the body is getting enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients.

When nutrient absorption is compromised in the small intestine, the aim is to provide the body with the most easily-absorbed forms of nutrients so they have the greatest chance of making it into the bloodstream and the rest of the body where they’re needed. Gluten Free Therapeutics CeliVites Bone Health supplements were developed specifically with the nutritional needs of CD patients in mind. They’re far more than “just” another gluten-free supplement. CeliVites Bone Health uses highly absorbable forms of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, magnesium and potassium at doses proven by clinical research to reduce bone loss and increase and bone density. For instance, the calcium used in CeliVites Bone Health is derived from both traditional calcium citrate and Aquamin®, a highly absorbable plant-based source of calcium, magnesium, and over 70 trace and ultra-trace minerals derived from plankton harvested from the waters off the Icelandic coast. In murine studies, Aquamin® was shown to reverse the bone loss associated with Western diets. Further, in a clinical study, postmenopausal women taking 180mcg of Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 over a three year period, the same dose provided by Bone Health by CeliVites, had decreased bone loss.

All the ingredients in CeliVites Bone Health supplements were chosen for their high absorption to maximize the health benefits they provide for patients with CD. To learn more about CeliVites Bone Health supplements, click here. And to see the complete lineup of supplements developed specifically for people with CD, visit the products page at the GFT website.

This original article is made possible by Gluten Free Therapeutics. Our mission is to educate, inform, and provide the most effective nutritional products possible to allow those with celiac disease and serious gluten intolerances to heal their bodies. CeliVites complete line of superior gluten free supplements includes multivitamin/multimineral supplements, iron supplements, and calcium supplements for people living with celiac disease. All CeliVites products are designed to help you heal, restore and rebuild your body, because going gluten free isn’t enough! 

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  1. Doris Kinney says:

    Are these supplements also free of all other grains, specifically corn & rice. Because my small intestine only healed after eliminating them also. I was diagnosed as Celiac in 2008, but was told to go grain free in 2012 because a Pill Cam showed my small intestines were inflamed & ulcerated on a strict Gluten Free diet. In 2014 another Pill Cam showed that my intestines had healed so I am still grain free.

    1. GFT staff says:

      Bone Health is free of rice but we do not claim it is corn free due to maltodextrin.
      We are not required to say that our product have corn due to the fact that we do not use it as a primary or secondary ingredient. However, I want to point out that we have found that the calcium carbonate listed in “other ingredients” is made using maltodextrin, which is derived from corn. Maltodextrin is a common ingredient in food and medicine. Maltodextrin can be enzymatically derived from any starch.
      Thank you for your question.

  2. shirley says:

    I have celiac with ra/oa and fibro I am 51 am miscible I have lost 40 lbs because I can not eat the right stuff

  3. Doreen DeVore says:

    I am gluten intolerant and gave up gluten before I realized that one has to be eating gluten to be tested for celiac. I have to take a supplement which is balanced for Ca and phosphorus because if I take straight Ca without Phosporus, I get muscle cramps. I also get muscle cramps in I drink carbonated drinks which are high in phosphoric acid. Is this formula balanced for Ca and Phosphorus?

    1. GFT staff says:

      Hello Doreen,
      Our Bone Health supplement was developed to optimize each ingredient ensuring that it helps build strong bones. We did not add phosphorus to our formula but we do have magnesium which is important for calcium homostasis and potassium which helps develop bone density when taken with calcium.
      We appreciate your question. Thank you for your interest in Bone Health.

  4. Lois Lee says:

    My question is does Celiac cause your teeth to become soft and easily break off in pieces??I have been DX with celiac and since then my teeth have become in very bad shape was just wondering. Thank You

    1. GFT staff says:

      Great question Lois Lee, we have dental issues on our blog schedule for April. But for now I am sending you this link to the National Institute of Health’s article about this very issue: http://celiac.nih.gov/DentalEnamel.aspx
      We hope this helps. Thank you for your question.

  5. Sherry Burt says:

    I am celiac, I know this without being tested. There is No grain that doesn’t affect my health poorly. Baked potatoes seem to be my go to food.
    I would really like to know more about the far reaching effects of this disease and if it can be cured. Thank you.

  6. Arlene Tumminello says:

    I am extremely knowledgeable with Celiac Sprue….I was diagnosed at the age of 2 . Never knew about Gluten growing up…Was always sick to my stomach…After a test approx. 14 yrs.. ago….with a positive biopsy result….I went GF…I have done major research about this life long incurable disease….I can help anybody that has questions…..I am a gluten free guru (also, highly allergic to EGGS). Never take a supplement, unless it says NO GLUTEN…that goes for Shampoo, Conditioner and Skin creme….I am here for anybody that has questions regarding this disease…..When in doubt, go without!

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