Depression and Eating Disorders Most Likely Among Women with Celiac Disease

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Up to this date, there are already many diseases including psychological diseases which have been detected by experts to affect the general population as a whole. These diseases vary from their cause, risk factors, organ affected and clinical signs and symptoms. For this reason, the goal of health care professionals and many experts is to lessen the vulnerability of the general population from acquiring those diseases which can really put a great deal of harm and discomfort to a person. One way in order to protect the public is to have a deeper understanding of these diseases. Hence, many researchers continue to conduct further studies in order to determine other risk factors which can predispose a person from acquiring diseases.

Recently, according to the findings of a new study, those women who are suffering from celiac disease are most likely to experience eating disorders and depression despite efforts of dealing with the disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the person affected with this disease should avoid food which contains gluten. This is because when the person who is having celiac disease ate foods with gluten, the immune system responds by destroying the intestines resulting to clinical manifestations which include: diarrhea and abdominal pain.

The new study in which its findings were published online and will be appearing in the first issue of Chronic Illness involved the analysis and examination of data gathered using a web-mediated survey from about 177 American women. These study participants do belong to the age group of 18 years and above and were diagnosed by their physicians of having celiac disease. The survey asked questions that deal with physical, behavioral, and emotional experiences of the study participants. Also, the researchers gathered data about the compliance of the study participants on the prescribed diet for them which are a gluten free diet, and clinical signs and symptoms of the disease. In addition, questions on symptoms of depression and eating disorders were as well asked to the study participants.

Moreover, in the analysis of data, researchers found out that those women who are having celiac disease reported significant high rates of depression, stress, and were experiencing clinical symptoms of eating disorders. This is aside from the fact that these women are strictly adhering to gluten free diet which can actually result to decrease stress, increase vitality and decrease symptoms of depression, according to Josh Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health and medicine, Penn State.





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