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. The results were e-published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Please take a look at this story and provide any additional links or information or explanation you can find. I’m concerned about this supposed link – I feel the idea of a possible correlation between the two conditions may be just a coincidence and not the cause and effect that some parents with autistic children claim it to be.
What does this study mean? Is it any good? I’d rather wait to hear experts weigh in on it.
Here is some information on the connection that was made to diet:
In the only double-blind, crossover study, no benefit of a gluten-free diet was identified. Several other studies did report benefit from gluten-free diet. Controlling for observer bias and what may have represented unrelated progress over time in these studies is not possible. There are many barriers to evaluating treatment benefits for patients with autism. Gluten sensitivity may present in a variety of ways, including gastrointestinal and neurologic symptoms.