The silent syn­drome

NZ Life & Leisure - - Well & Good -

Chron­i­cally low iron stores can also be caused by un­treated coeliac dis­ease. I see more and more silent coeliac dis­ease, where peo­ple don’t present with the typ­i­cal bowel symp­toms. Some­times iron, and of­ten vi­ta­min B12 deficiency, are the only signs of what is later di­ag­nosed on biopsy as coeliac dis­ease. Once gluten is re­moved from the diet, iron lev­els re­turn to nor­mal. If you sus­pect that this could be the case, the first step is to see your GP for a blood test to screen for coeliac dis­ease. For this ini­tial test to be valid, it needs to be done be­fore gluten is elim­i­nated.

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