Sensitive to Gluten? Prepare for Early Menopause
Women who have undiagnosed Celiac disease or untreated gluten sensitivites are likely to experience menopause earlier than women who are not sensitive to gluten due to the lowered estrogen levels this condition creates.
Celiac disease, which involves a gluten intolerance, causes the immune system to attack gluten, damaging the inside of the stomach and causing malabsorption of essential nutrients. This lack of nutrients, in turn, affects the endocrine organs.
The study concluded that women with an untreated gluten intolerance began menopause an average of three years earlier than women without gluten sensitivities or those who followed a gluten-free diet.
In addition, women with untreated Celiac disease also experienced more premature births and miscarriages than other women in the study.