Celiac disease, also known as "gluten
intolerance", is a genetic disorder that affects about
1 in 40.
Symptoms of celiac disease can range from the classic features,
such as diarrhea, weight loss, and malnutrition, to latent
symptoms such as isolated nutrient deficiencies, but no
The authors performed a case control study of 250 children
and found the risk of developing celiac disease decreased
significantly by nearly 2/3 for children breast-fed for
more than 2 months.
The age at first gluten introduction had no significant
influence on the incidence of celiac disease. The authors
concluded that a significant protective effect on the development
of celiac disease is offered by breast-feeding.
of Nutrition & Metabolism 45:4:2001, 135-142