Modifying an infant's diet to include the protein gluten while the mother is
still breast-feeding could lower the risk of caeliac disease, a common intestinal
disorder, according to a new Swedish study.
"We now have proven this way of introducing gluten reduces the risk of
getting caeliac disease," said Dr Anneli Ivarsson, a paediatrician at Umea
University in Umea, and lead author of the study published online.
Gluten refers to proteins found in specific grains, including all forms of
wheat and related grains such as barley and rye, according to the Celiac Disease
Foundation. Caeliac disease affects about 1 percent of the population, according to
Ivarsson. Genetic susceptibility plays a role. For those affected, a life-long
gluten-free diet is advised.
How the study was done
To learn more about celiac disease, visit the Celiac Disease Foundation.