A new study led by researchers in Spain has found that celiac disease can strongly affect people with multiple sclerosis.
The study's lead author--Luis Rodrigo, MD, from the Gastroenterology Service, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, in Oviedo, Spain--says that, "We have found a prevalence of celiac disease among MS patients that is 5 to 10 times higher compared with the general population all over the world, which is between 1% and 2%."
Additionally, the study showed that patients diagnosed with both multiple sclerosis and celiac disease who began to follow a strict gluten-free diet, saw improvements in both their digestive and neurological symptoms.
The researchers suggest that the main point coming out of the study is that doctors who treat MS patients shouldperform clinical, serological, genetic, and histologic studies directed to find a possible association with celiac.
To read more about the link between celiac and MS, please visit: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/738740?src=emailthis