Month of birth could influence celiac disease?


October 29, 2012 3:02:34 PM PDT
Gluten-free is the buzzword these days, but the cause of celiac disease remains unclear to scientists.

Could the season in which you are born influence the development of this digestive disorder? That's what several studies are now finding.

Some researchers now suspect babies born in spring and summer are more susceptible.

Celiac is triggered by the gluten found in wheat, barley and rye.

Expert say babies usually begin eating foods containing gluten around six months of age, so those born in the warmer months would be exposed to gluten in the winter when infections like cold and flu are common.

Experts are now looking into whether viral infections may play a role in the autoimmune response to gluten.

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