Infections in early life associated with increased risk for Celiac disease

(Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health) Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München after analyzing data provided by the Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. The study has now been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.