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Study Links Celiac Disease, Anorexia

A new study suggests that women with celiac disease have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with anorexia, an intriguing finding reported by WebMD and HealthDay. While researchers said they weren’t sure what the reasons for the link are, U.S. doctors said it didn’t surprise them, due to the fact that celiac sufferers have to pay such careful attention to their diets.

One thing that celiac patients often aim for is a gluten-free diet, which has shown to give them some relief from an otherwise very unpleasant autoimmune disease. Studies back this up, confirming that many people do indeed experience adverse reactions to gluten even if they test negative for celiac disease. Those who react to gluten despite not having celiac tend to have leaky gut.

Interestingly, the number of Americans following a gluten-free diet has tripled since 2009, even though the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease has not increased. But just because a food is gluten-free does not automatically make it healthy.

Unfortunately, as noted by the WebMD article, the quest for gluten-free can get so frustrating, some people may simply choose not to eat — thus becoming anorexic — as opposed to trying to figure out the diet.

That’s why, for most people, drastically cutting down on your net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) is the key to optimal health. This includes but is not limited to grains (not just wheat, as all grains will spike your insulin levels and contribute to insulin and leptin resistance). Doing this will help your body burn fat rather than carbs as its primary fuel, which helps optimize your mitochondrial function and boost weight loss. It also will help you feel full without overeating, and without feeling starved.
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