New Study Gives Celiacs Hope…?

The University of Chicago just reported (Feb 9th) to the National Institutes of Health [1] that they’ve completed a new study that may give Celiacs a hope of being able to reintroduce tolerance to gluten. Researchers identified a biochemical interaction (retinoic acid combined with interleukin-15 [1]) that may cause an autoimmune response in people who are genetically predisposed (people who have the Celiac gene[s]). This is good news, since if they know what causes it, then there’s a way to avoid it or nullify it.

Only one problem… The study was done on mice. Which is all fine and dandy until you understand that, unfortunately, animal research often doesn’t translate into “beneficial results for humans.”[2] That’s not to say it won’t ultimately show positive results for humans. Regardless, this discovery will provoke more studies and therefore new gluten discoveries. At the very least, it’s VERY encouraging just to see the growing number of new studies being done on gluten and Celiac Disease.

I mean, if one out of every 133 people have Celiac [3], it’s one of the most prevalent diseases out there. Yet the University of Chicago estimates that a mere 1 in 4,700 people [3] with Celiac have been diagnosed!! So at this point, all research is good research.

But until some human digestive systems start reacting to this newly discovered chemical reaction as well as the mice, I’ll keep stocking up on my bionaturae pasta and Udi’s bread when they’re on sale, thankyouverymuch. :)

[1] Read the official U.S. National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health Report Here

[2] Read the Full USA Today Article Here

[3] Read more stats about Celiac Disease here

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