Coeliac disease has small but discernible impact on adolescent growth

posted 24 Jan 2017, 14:33 by Damian Wood
In a paper from Assa et at Tel-Aviv University, published in the February 2017 edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood, researchers studying 17 year olds undergoing medical examination prior to enlistment for national service found that adolescent girls diagnosed with coeliac disease (CD) have lower height compared with the general population while boys have significantly lower weight and BMI. However they concluded that final weight and height near the end of adolescence are not severely impaired in subjects with diagnosed CD. The also noted that the prevalence of diagnosed CD among Jewish adolescents is gradually increasing reaching 1.1% in 2015.