Gender Differences in Coeliac Disease

People very often imagine that all coeliac disease sufferers are the same. I can tell you from clinical practice that the symptoms in women and men do vary quite considerably.

Here’s a list I saw recently in an article which rather proves that point.

Women may have infertility or problems with their periods as their first sign of celiac disease. The rate of miscarriage is also higher among women with celiac disease as is the incidence of low birth-rate (six times higher) and the risk of intrauterine growth retardation.

The following symptoms have also been found to be more prevalent in women than men:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Malaise/fatigue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia

Men, meanwhile, are more likely to have the “classic” celiac symptoms of diarrhea and weight loss when they’re first diagnosed with the condition, but this may be because they’re more likely to wait to see a doctor. Men with celiac disease also are more likely than women to be underweight, to have reflux and iron deficiency (anemia), and to have the itchy gluten-caused rash called dermatitis herpetiformis.

Men with celiac disease have also been found to experience reproductive problems, including hypogonadism, sexual dysfunction, or poor semen quality, resulting in increased infertility.

Interesting, huh? You can read the full article here:

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