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 

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.


5 Responses to “New Study Suggests That Celiac Disease May Increase The Risk For Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)”

  1. Dr Darla Booth DC on January 7th, 2012 5:27 pm

    Hi there! I just discovered this website, as one of my patients forwarded it to me. Fabulous information! I have been studying under Dr Datis Kharazzian, and he preaches about the importance of testing for gluten and other allergies. My daughter has always been sensitive to soy and dairy, but was still having problems with exercise induced asthma during soccer. I took her off of gluten as well, and started her on an adaptogen herbal complex with some glutathione recycler, as well as a gluten digestive aid called “gluten flam”. Dr Kharazzian formulated these products for gluten allergies/Celiac through Apex energetics. He also formulated a product called repairvite, that helps to repair the intestinal damage, along with some very strong probiotics.
    My daughter’s asthma has almost disappeared, and her chest tightness is the indicator that she uses if she has gotten any gluten in her food. Thank you so much for putting this out
    for patients to use. You are a wealth of information. Thank you do much!
    Dr Darla Booth DC

  2. Greg Nolan on July 14th, 2012 9:34 am

    I was diagnosed with COPD at about age 45 and am a non-smoker. I am now 54 and my lungs are severely damaged. I was diagnosed with Celiac about 2 years ago. This is the first spring in decades that I did not have to take prednisone for allergies and associated breathing problems. I am non smoker and health nut. I was a runner, biker, and hiker. I am the last person you would think to be on oxygen therapy in his early 50’s. Do I think there is a link between Celiac and COPD; a resounding yes.
    I did not demonstrate the typical symptoms of Celiac. I did not have stomach distress, diarrhea, etc. I did have atypical gas but I had that all of my life so I thought it was normal. Also my stools changed considerably. If you have had something all of you life you think it is normal until it changes, only then do you realize it was abnormal.
    The conclusion of this story will probably be a lung transplant, death from COPD, or medical miracle/discovery like stem cells.

  3. Kathy on October 24th, 2012 11:15 am

    I believe there is a direct link as well, I have Celiac and also deal with Asthsma symptoms used to be on Advair and other puffers, the longer I am gluten-free the less chest tightness and asthsma symptoms I have if I consume any gluten at all I will immediately have shortness of breath and chest pain and constriction inability to breath. Thank you so much for sharing the information you have here.

  4. Fatcat on December 26th, 2012 11:59 am

    Oh how I wish I’d known this years ago before my Dad died of COPD. I realize, now that you mention it, that I haven’t used my asthma inhaler in several years.

  5. Troy on May 3rd, 2015 7:35 am

    Since I was a child i had learning disabilities and I could not understand no matter how hard I tried. The teachers used to put me in the back of the room because I could not stop fidgeting,I found myself frustrated to the extent that I would avoid school altogether. The teachers put me through public humiliation and in hindsight I look back and see the parallel of Celiac Disease. My father died at the age of 63 because of emphysema I believe in associating of Celiac complications. i am now 53 and recently diagnosed with COPD. The doctors gave me puffers, pills and within 3 weeks I could not breathe at all. I began a gluten free diet 5 days ago and noticed my breathing normalized which I never knew what normal was. absolutely a miracle. It seems this disease runs in the family which no one knew. I wish 20 years agao we knew about this information perhaps my father would still be alive today. My two year daughter is exhibiting signs that I had when I was a child and it gives time to extend her life. Medicine has not caught up to this science and it seems they do not want to. If everyone knew this, hospitals would go out of business. I am doing much better but currently I am detoxing which is effecting every part of my body. The good thing now is that I can BREATHE. P.S. I do not have the brain fog that suffered since childhood.

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