Celiac Disease and Metabolic Syndrome
You may never have heard of “metabolic syndrome,” but here’s why you should care about this odd-sounding medical condition: having it means you’re at higher risk for serious problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Researchers have looked into whether there’s a connection between metabolic syndrome and celiac disease with mixed results, although one study indicates that going gluten-free raises your risk of metabolic syndrome.
So yes, if that study is borne out by future research, this could be pretty important.
On the other hand, another study found a lower incidence of metabolic syndrome among people with celiac disease than in similar people who didn’t have celiac. So it’s definitely not clear yet how having celiac affects your risk for metabolic syndrome, and whether the gluten-free diet plays any role.