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February 28, 2005

Population-Based Screening for Celiac Disease: Improvement in Morbidity and Mortality From Osteoporosis?

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(4):370-372. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.4.370

Osteoporosis and celiac disease (CD) are common diseases. Some 10 million people in the United States (80% women) have osteoporosis, and another estimated 18 million have osteopenia and are at risk for osteoporosis.1 Fourteen percent of 50-year-old white women with osteoporosis will develop a fracture over their lifetime.1 Even patients with osteopenia, ie, bone mineral density (BMD) T score between −1.0 and −2.5, are at increased risk for fracture.2 These fractures are associated with pain, disability, and up to 30% mortality at 1 year in addition to a monetary cost of an estimated $10 billion to $15 billion yearly.3

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