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Risk of Early Death and Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can raise the risk of early death from other conditions.

Celiac disease

In a 1969–2017 study of 50,000 people with celiac disease in Sweden, researchers found that subjects had a 21% higher risk of early death from conditions like heart disease and cancer compared with the general population. This drives home the importance of a swift diagnosis, as well as the need to implement a strict gluten-free diet that still meets the overall nutrient needs of an individual with the condition.

See also: Celiac Disease, Diet and Lifestyle


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Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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