Iron Deficiency Linked to Gluten Exposure
There have been recent studies published by The Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology that discuss the link between iron deficiency and how it can be the first symptom associated with celiac disease. The study indicated a connection between gluten sensitivity in all patients who had an iron deficiency anemia. Gluten can contribute to iron deficiency in several ways. Malabsorption of iron can occur when the small intestine is damaged. Gluten damages the small intestine and the production of acidic cells in the stomach. The acid properties are necessary for iron absorption, so this commonly leads to anemia.
Anemia leads to oxygen deficiency, which can cause a person’s body to not generate energy, which then causes the cyclic state. Besides the fact that gluten causes damage to the intestines, iron deficiency can also occur in menstruating women who have heavier periods. This occurs with a slow steady blood loss and may be hidden in nature, causing not only the loss of iron, but a link to gluten exposure.