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Osteoporosis link to coeliac disease

1st June 2011

New research from Lancaster University School of Medicine has found that people with coeliac disease are much more likely to develop the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis than the general population.

Scientists analysed 1,030 people with coeliac disease in order to determine the extent of bone mineral density (BMD) loss in the lumbar (lower) spine and the femoral neck (hip). They found that patients with coeliac disease were more than 4.5 times more likely to develop osteoporosis than healthy people of the same age.

 

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