Gluten and Down syndrome

Gluten free diets have become a hot topic in recent years and are a common recommendation for children with Down syndrome, due to the high prevalence of coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity in the community.

Studies have confirmed coeliac disease in the Down syndrome population to be at least 96 times greater than the prevalence of coeliac in the general US pediatric population, less so in other nations around the world. Researchers have also shown that the extensiveness of coeliac disease in Down syndrome is not necessarily due to an extra copy of a gene on chromosome 21.