Celiac Disease in Women Linked to Depression

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Celiac Disease in Women Linked to Depression
Tue, 01-10-2012 - 10:47am

Are you depressed? According to Health Day News:

New research shows that women with celiac disease face a higher risk for also suffering from depression and so-called "disordered eating," regardless of whether they stick to a gluten-free diet.

"We found that most [study] participants frequently adhered to a gluten-free diet, and this greater compliance with diet was related to increased vitality, lower stress, decreased depressive symptoms and greater overall emotional health," study co-author Josh Smyth, a professor of bio-behavioral health and medicine at Penn State University, said in a university news release. READ MORE

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Sat, 01-14-2012 - 8:09pm

yes i read this and think it can apply to most people not just women when they are diagnosed with celiac or any other allergy...i found in all my work that depression is the important factor that a lot find it hard to be strict in their eating,,when first diagnosed lots tend to panic and think oh goodness what an i going to have and it is very upsetting for them ..it really can be a major issue for lots and unless its really explained to them from beginning that in fact it is rather simple and not to stress ..then i have found depression does set in and will continue ..


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Registered: 01-13-2012
Sun, 01-15-2012 - 9:56am

I definitely identify with the findings in that study. Although I do not have full-blown celiac's, I was diagnosed as being highly sensitive to a number of foods, including gluten and dairy, among others. Before my food sensitivies were diagnosed several years ago, I developed an eating disorder as well as mild depression and am convinced that much of my disordered eating habits were due, in large part, to the fact that the food I was eating was causing stomach upset and chronic inflammation. Even after I changed my diet to eliminate those foods to which I am most sensitive, I still find myself struggling with food-related emotional issues. It's a daily challenge to eat gluten-free, both because my friends and family can eat whatever they want and because it takes a lot of energy to constantly check labels and quiz restaurant staff about their menus.