A new study published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences found that Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is frequently associated with celiac disease.
RLS is a central nervous system disorder that is recognized by the compelling urge to move the legs that worsens at night. Both patients with celiac and patients with RLS typically have some sort of iron deficiency, which was the basis for the beginning research in the study. Celiac can often be labeled as a silent disease but can often be an underlying cause of many medical conditions including RLS.
Researchers hope that treatment with a gluten-free diet and aggressive iron replacement may improve the quality of life for patients with celiac disease who also have RLS. So far, roughly 50% of people with RLS have seen an improvement after starting a gluten-free diet.
To read more about the correlation between celiac disease and RLS, please visit: http://www.celiac.nih.gov/NewsletterWinter11.aspx#3