Bone density in coeliac children

Coeliac children can have low bone density

A study at the University of Alberta of 43 children and teens from three to 18 years of age diagnosed with celiac disease showed that they also tended to have low bone density, probably due to poor intake and absorption of vitamins and minerals so need to supplement with vitamins K and D to reduce the risk of osteoporiosis and fracture.

The study showed that the children were getting less than 50% of their recommended dietary intake of vitamin K, and had from low levels of vitamin D, which could be improved by increased exposure to sunlight and by eating fortified dairy products.

It was also suggested that children with celiac disease include physical activity, preferably outside, in their daily routines to build their bone strength and boost their vitamin D.

Courtesy of Science Daily


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