New Study Suggests That Celiac Disease May Increase The Risk For Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)

October 1, 2011 · Filed Under Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease · 5 Comments 

A new study suggests that people with celiac disease (CD) may have a moderately increased risk of developing chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) both prior to and post diagnosis with CD. I’m not surprised, gluten intolerance can lead to a variety of symptoms throughout the body. In my book, Gluten Toxicity, I discussed this in more detail and dedicated an entire chapter to examining how immune reactions to gluten may affect an individual’s lungs and heart.

My mother was diagnosed with COPD, a month before she was diagnosed with celiac disease. She needed to use puffers daily to get relief from the associated shortness of breath. Interestingly, her shortness of breath went away after she started a gluten-free diet:)

Study: Ludvigsson JF, Inghammar M, Ekberg M, Egesten A. A nationwide cohort study of the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in coeliac disease. J Intern Med. 2011 Aug 31.