Elevated Antibodies to Gluten Found in Kids with Autism
A study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center shows elevated levels of gluten antibodies in kids with autism. An article from Newswise about the study shares the following (1):
Researchers have found elevated antibodies to gluten proteins of wheat in children with autism in comparison to those without autism. The results also indicated an association between the elevated antibodies and the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms in the affected children. They did not find any connection, however, between the elevated antibodies and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder known to be triggered by gluten...
“This is the first study to systematically look at serologic and genetic markers of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in such well-characterized cohorts of autism patients and controls,” said Peter H. R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center and one of the study authors. “But the findings need to be confirmed in larger cohorts...”
Armin Alaedini, PhD who headed the study indicated that larger studies could lead to a better understanding of this immune response to gluten helping to uncover new clues about autism and possibly helping identify biomarkers for a subset of patients who may respond to specific treatment strategies.
At Brain Balance, we realize that many kids with autism and ADHD have undetected gluten sensitivities that, in many cases, are not genetic. This recent study relates the increased levels of gluten antibodies to immune system issues and possible intestinal permeability (leaky gut) rather than to gluten itself. Just as brain communication issues between and among the hemispheres are responsible for the cognitive and behavioral issues in autism, ADHD, and other neuro-developmental disorders, those same missed neural connections can result in immune problems like those evident in this study. Correcting or improving the underlying issues with brain communication in these children can help alleviate inappropriate immune responses.
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